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President Zourabichvili Proposes to Add Chichilaki and Kalanda into UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

President Salome Zourabichvili, with Chairman of the Parliament Archil Talakvadze, attended the Kalanda 2020 celebration at the Shalva Radiani Ethnographic Museum of Dvabzu, Ozurgeti Municipality.
 
The President congratulated the people of Georgia ahead of Kalanda and addressed the audience at the event, where she announced her initiative to include the chichilaki and the kalanda tradition into the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
 
The Shalva Radiani Museum, where the ancient kalanda tradition was reenacted in front of the President, the Chairman of Parliament, and members of the diplomatic corps, opened on 20 October, 1985 at the house of academician Shalva Radiani. The building is an old Oda-styled house with a carved railing. In 2009, it became an ethnographic museum including several different Gurian-styled homes. Diverse household appliances, tools, kitchen utensils, and furniture illustrating the ethnography and culture of Guria are also exhibited there.
 
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