Georgian civilization is among the ancient distinguished civilizations of the world. According to archaeological excavations in the territory of Georgia, called Dmanisi, there were evidences found of the first hominids in Europe dating back to 1.8 million years ago. It is believed that they were the first Europeans, and that Georgia is a country where they have spread to other parts of Europe.
Archeological evidences also prove that early Georgian inhabitants were skillful goldsmiths, as early as 3rd millennium BC. Impressive collection of early goldsmithing are presented in the National Museum of Georgia.
Wine-making tradition is a national pride for Georgians. Georgia was recognized as a birthplace of wine-making after a discovery of 8,000-year-old evidences of wine-making on the territory of Georgia.
Georgian traditional dances and polyphonic singing are artistic expressions of the nation’s character, lifestyle and the story of its existence. Georgians used to celebrate hard and happy times through performances, which today excites the audiences by its spirited nature and harmony.
Georgian cuisine has repeatedly earned particular attention from the world taste experts as well as every single traveler to Georgia. Georgian cuisine has influences of Arab, Mongol, Persian, Ottoman, Mediterranean, Indian flavors, which make it so diverse and rich. Georgian cuisine heavily uses meat and dairy products, but also offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes.
Few examples of famous Georgian dishes are Khinkali (meat dumpling), Khachauri (cheese pie) and Pkhali (Minced vegetables with nuts).
Supra is another important national tradition of feast art, involving continuous praise to Homeland and other loved things, singing and dancing performances.