Weddings in Pankisi: by Madina Alkhanashvili

In Pankisi, we celebrate weddings in a traditional way. To speak about traditions, the girl and the boy don’t see each other before the end of wedding and the wedding ceremony is at boy’s house. After the ceremony, the boy’s family members go to the girl’s home. There are prepared traditional foods, lemonades, sweets and sometimes alcoholic drinks, but it’s only sometimes.

Last year there were many weddings, which were different from our traditional ones.

As time passes, the traditions are changing to modern and everything is getting easier and more comfortable.

The boy also is sitting at the wedding table with his wife today, which is different from the past days.

Today, in Pankisi, most of couples get married without parents’ consent.

I think that these changes are for a better and easier life.