Feast of Saint Tamar in Georgia Date in the current year: May 14, 2016

Feast of Saint Tamar in Georgia On May 14 (May 1 in the Julian calendar), the Georgian Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast of Saint Tamar. This feast day honors Queen Tamar the Great who ruled Georgia from 1184 to 1213. Her reign is considered the culmination of the Georgian Golden Age.

Tamar was born circa 1160 to King George III of Georgia and his consort Burdukhan. Her youth coincided with a rebellion of nobles who intended to dethrone George. The King suppressed the revolt and crowned Tamar as his co-ruler in order to make her his legitimate successor after his death.

Following her father's death in 1184, Tamar became the sole monarch of Georgia. Her position as the first woman to rule the country in her own right was emphasized by the title “king” (mep'e). Georgian aristocracy protested against her ascension, but Tamar successfully neutralized the opposition.

Tamar's reign is noted for her energetic foreign policy, military and political successes, and cultural achievements. The queen was later romanticized and idealized in Georgian culture. Tamar the Great was canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church. Her feast day is known in Georgia as “Tamaroba”. It is not a public holiday, but it is celebrated in churches throughout the country.

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