Georgia marks Independence Day
Georgia marks the Independece Day today. The national celebration has been marked since 1918.
On May 26, 1918 National Council of Georgia declared national independence of Georgian people and establishment of Democratic Republic of Georgia. The statehood of Georgia was restored after 117 years (from 1801).
The Democratic Republic of Georgia was created after the collapse of the Russian Empire that began with the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Proclaimed on May 26, 1918, on the break-up of the Transcaucasian Federation, it was led by the Social Democratic Menshevik party. Facing permanent internal and external problems, the young state was unable to withstand the invasion by the Russian SFSR Red Armies, and collapsed between February and March 1921 to become a Soviet republic.
On April 9, 1991 the independence of Georgia was restored when the Act of the Restoration of State Independence of Georgia was adopted by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia. The national symbols used by the DRG were reestablished as those of the newly independent nation and were in use until 2004. May 26, the day of the establishment of the DRG, is still celebrated as a national holiday - the Independence Day of Georgia.