Twiglet: Georgia’s New Year trees

In Georgia, each New Year, handcrafted, decorated trees sprout around the capital, Tbilisi, as emblems of prosperity and happiness.

The trees, called Chichilaki, are traditionally made from hazel and are bought by families to help them celebrate the New Year and ensure a year of wellbeing and happiness.

The sticks of hazel were shaved to resemble foliage, and decorated with a small cross, berries and evergreen leaves.

On the eve of the epithany (19 Janaury), the tree is burned in the belief that it will dispel bad memories from the previous year.

Source: National Geographic

Date: 04/01/2009

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