The Georgian Feast and Table Traditions are significant achievement of not only the material, but also the spiritual and cultural heritage of Georgia.

The structure of the Georgian feast is simple, with common elements as wine, bread (in the sense of food), toasts and songs. It is the alternation and harmonious combination of these four elements that creates the Georgian Feast.

Even much more interesting and important is its essence. The Georgians had been doing nothing without mentioning and entrusting God. The desire of being in unity with God and in harmony with the Universe was a significant part of their daily life, and they had been expressing it not only in the temple of God. Correspondingly, the Georgian Feast has been a symbolic expression of standing before God; bread and wine have been the symbols of sacrament of the Eucharist; toasts – the symbol of prayers; and songs symbolize the church hymns. The sequence of toasts during the Feast repeats the sequence of prayers during the Church service, beginning with the glory of the Lord and ending with the glory of the Mother of God. The main and the most crucial moment in the Georgian Feast is the nomination of Toastmaster (“Tamada”). This tradition dates back to pre-Christian times. The Toastmaster of the Feast - traditionally the elder, symbolizes the priest. The Georgian Feast is not just merrymaking; it is a liturgy, common prayer and communion with God.

The Georgian Feast and Table Traditions have the millennia-old history. During the archaeological excavations in Western Georgia, in Vani village, near Kutaisi, a bronze statue of Toastmaster (“Tamada”) with drinking horn for wine (“Kantsi”) in his hand has been found, which dates back to the VII century BC.   




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