About Georgia

Customs

Etiquette and Customs in GeorgiaMeeting and Greeting When meeting someone for the first time, shake hands while saying “gamarjoba” (“hello”). Once a relationship warms up some, but not all, Georgians will quickly move to a kiss on the cheek. When addressing people only close friends or family will usually use first names. First names may also …

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Language

Georgian (ქართული ენა) Georgian is a South Caucasian or Kartvelian language spoken by about 4.1 million people mainly in Georgia, and also in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran. Georgian is related to Mingrelian (მარგალური ნინა), Laz (ლაზური ნენა), and Svan(ლუშნუ ნინ), all of which are spoken mainly in Georgia and are written with the Georgian (Mkhedruli) alphabet. Georgian is …

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Currency

The lari (Georgian: ლარი; GEL) is the currency of Georgia. It is divided into 100 tetri. The name lari is an old Georgian word denoting a hoard, property, while tetri is an old Georgian monetary term (meaning ‘white’) used in ancient Colchis from the 6th century BC. Earlier Georgian currencies include the maneti, abazi, and Georgian coupon.

Georgian Cuisine

Puri – პური (Georgian Bread)Georgian food starts with bread.  Bread is an essential component of the meal.  Georgian bread is special.  Georgian bread is baked in traditional bread baking ovens called tones.  Tones are made of clay and look like the top half of clay pots.  A fire burns at the bottom which heats up …

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