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In New Year Georgians are waiting for reconciliation with Russia2010-01-01 12:00
Like in Russia the New Year is Georgia's favorite holiday. According to popular belief in both countries one's New Year will be the way one has celebrated its arrival. Here and there, the New Year is celebrated at home, as a rule. One of the beautiful customs in Georgia that Russia doesn't have is a mekvle's visit. This is the first person that steps over the threshold after midnight.
Most often this is a respected and dear acquaintance or a friend. A mekvle's thoughts are pure and his heart is kind, which is a promise of well-being to the family. There are small tricks, of course: the master of the house may go out to the yard and then knock on the door, or there is a pre-agreement with an acquaintance or a relative who has a "lucky foot". The arrival of a mekvle is looked forward to and he/she is greeted with a full tray of food. This is a tabla with nicely arranged little jars and saucers with honey, nut brittle, churchkhela, nuts, fruit, homemade bread, and wax candles are lit. The ritual question is: "What are you bringing to our home?" The mekvle traditionally replies: "Happiness, joy, well-being, prosperity and certainly peace for
everybody!" Presently peace-wishing is connected with hopes for improvement in relations with Russia. There is a convincing reason for that at the end of 2009. For the first time after August 2008 the dialogue between political figures of the countries has been resumed. Zurab Nogaideli, an opposition leader, Georgia's ex PM has been a guest to the Russian capital for three times. He has met with officials, representatives of Georgian, Ossetian and Abkhaz diasporas.
Nogaideli's special achievement is that despite resistance of the authorities and threat of media hunt he was the first to dare to come to Moscow. Though there were many sober-minded political figures in Georgia (of the opposition naturally) who expressed their desire to start dialogue with the northern neighbor. As for the ruling majority it has become even closer to its leader Mikheil Saakashvili especially after Tagliavini's report in which Europe unmasks the lies and calls him an aggressor. Since adventurism and irresponsibility of Georgia's current official leader led to both - the country's territorial split-up and hostility with its natural and ancient ally - Russia. Blood of Russian citizens and peacekeepers was shed. Russia puts all responsibility for all that on Mikheil Saakashvili and his inner circle.