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  • De facto independent republic since 2008 - GMT offset: +4 (DST: yes)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Saturday January 7, 2023Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
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    Thursday January 19, 2023Orthodox EpiphanyOrthodox
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    Friday March 3, 2023Mother's DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday March 23, 2023Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Sunday April 9, 2023Restoration DaySecular holiday
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    Friday April 14, 2023Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox
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    Saturday April 15, 2023Banks close at 14:00Banks only
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    Sunday April 16, 2023Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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    Monday April 17, 2023Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday May 9, 2023Victory DaySecular holiday
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    Friday May 12, 2023St Andrew's DaySecular holiday
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    Friday May 26, 2023Independence DayNational Day
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Public holiday

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    Monday January 2, 2023
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    Orthodox Christmas Day

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    Saturday January 7, 2023
    Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Orthodox Epiphany

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    Thursday January 19, 2023
    Orthodox : A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    Mother's Day

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    Friday March 3, 2023
    Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Womens' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : This date is also commemorated at the United Nations. It celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women. The idea of an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions. Women from clothing and textile factories staged one such protest on 8 March 1857 in New York City. work on weekends and non-working holidays is not overtime work.

    Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday March 23, 2023
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    Restoration Day

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    Sunday April 9, 2023
    Secular holiday : Refers to the events in Tbilisi on April 9, 1989, when an anti-Soviet demonstration was dispersed by the Soviet army, resulting in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The April 9 tragedy radicalised Georgian opposition to Soviet power. A few months later, a session of the Supreme Council of Georgian SSR, held on 17- 18 November, 1989, officially condemned the occupation and annexation of Democratic Republic of Georgia by Soviet Russia in 1921. On April 9, 1991, on the second anniversary of the tragedy, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia proclaimed Georgian sovereignty and independence from the Soviet Union.

    Orthodox Good Friday

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    Friday April 14, 2023
    Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter (or Pascha) The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy. The Easter bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place: Midnight Office... After the service the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home. The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days. One egg is cracked on the wall of the church (and this is the first egg eaten The ritual of cracking the eggs takes place before the Easter lunch. Each person selects his/her egg. Then people take turns tapping their egg against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.

    Banks close at 14:00

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    Saturday April 15, 2023
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    Orthodox Easter

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    Sunday April 16, 2023
    Orthodox : Paid holiday

    Orthodox Easter Monday

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    Monday April 17, 2023
    Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter(or Pascha).The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy.The Easter breads are a worldwide Orthodox tradition as well.This bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place:Midnight Office,Rush Procession,Matins & Divine Liturgy.After the service,the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home.The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days.One egg takes place before the Easter lunch.Each person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck.The traditional Orthodox Paschal greeting is: Christ is Risen! .The answer is: Indeed He is Risen . May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Victory Day

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    Tuesday May 9, 2023
    Secular holiday : The fighting of WWII tn Europe ended on May 2nd, 1945. The surrender of German troops was signed on May 4th and 5th but officially the war ended at midnight on May 8th 1945. To remember this important event, the Russians created a national holiday called Victory Day which is celebrated on May 9th in Russia. Russia mainly fought a war to defend itself, which is called a "patriotic war". In Russia almost all the families have at least one person who took part in the war. The other old citizens who did not fight during the war had to work in factories to make guns and preparations, which wasn't easier than fighting. They too are honored on Victory Day. The main reason for the celebration of Victory Day was to remember the people who died in the war. On that day, flowers are laid on their graves and veterans that are still alive go out on the streets wearing their medals and orders. There are few of them left now days and the number is getting smaller every year.
    work on weekends and non-working holidays is not overtime work.

    St Andrew's Day

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    Friday May 12, 2023
    Secular holiday : Saint Andrew , called in the Orthodox tradition Protocletos, or the First-called, is a Christian Apostle, brother of Saint Peter. According to Christian tradition, Andrew was born at Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. He is considered in Georgia to be founder of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday Wikipedia

    Independence Day

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    Friday May 26, 2023
    Secular holiday : On May 26, 1918 the National Council of Georgia declared independence and the creation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. The statehood of Georgia was restored after 117 years of being a province of the Tsarist Russian Empire. the Soviet army, under Bolshevik ideology, liberated the Menshevik Georgia. Today, Georgia considers this declaration as Georgia's independency tradition. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday