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Georgia celebrates Mother's Day

03 March 2011 [13:41] - TODAY.AZ
Today, Georgia is celebrating Mother's Day. It is a day-off in the country. The holiday is linked with the name of first Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia, who in 1991 submitted a new holiday for approval to parliament.

He sought to replace International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. The holiday was canceled upon Gamsakhurdia’s initiative.

However, during Eduard Shevardnadze’s presidency March 8 again received the status of a holiday and the day is also a day-off in Georgia. According to the Georgian Civil Registry Agency, the number of births has increased in the country.

Some 6,153 children were born as the third child in the family in 2009, and the number increased to 6,807 in 2010.

According to statistics, the number of births is growing steadily – there were 46,060 newborns in 2006, 48,027 in 2007, 57,263 in 2008, 61 839 in 2009, and 62,726 in 2010. In 2010, Georgia recorded 31,464 marriages. In 2009, the figure was 31,319.


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