This is how the people of Georgia, a country in the Eurasia’s Caucasus region, say hello. Wonder why I used this? You are right, my entry this week came all the way from Georgia.
The history of Georgia can be traced back to the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia, and it was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, in the 4th century. Georgia reached the peak of its political and economic strength during the reign of King David and Queen Tamar in 11th and 12th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, Georgia was annexed by the Russian Empire. After a brief period of independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Georgia was annexed by Russian red army in 1921 and in 1922 Georgia was incorporated into the Soviet Union.The independence of Georgia was restored in 1991. Like many post-communist countries, Georgia suffered from the economic crisis and civil unrest during the 1990s. After the Rose Revolution, the new political leadership introduced democratic reforms…
Now, on to the stamp above.
|The official flag of Georgia.|
Also on the stamp is the earlier flag of Georgia used in 1918-1921 during its brief existence as the independent Democratic Republic of Georgia. The tri-coloured flag (wine-red, represents the good times of the past and the future; black, symbolizes the Russian rule; and, white represents hope fo peace) was abolished in 1921 during its integration into the Soviet Union. It was in 1990 when it was revived by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia until 2004 when the Five-cross flag was restored to official use after 500 years of hiatus. It was previously the flag of the medieval Georgian kingdom and had been used as the official symbol of the United National Movement political party.
გმადლობთ, Khatuna, for your kindness. I am truly grateful 🙂