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Rtveli: The True Significance of School Traditions

On the 23rd of October, an unexpected blend of tradition and athleticism unfolded at our school, creating an event of a truly unique nature. As students were leaving their last class, in the front yard they were welcomed with a traditional Georgian feast with Mtsvadi, Khachapuri, Jonjoli, Tklapi, cheese, and grapes to celebrate Rtveli, with the added twist of a Frisbee tournament.

The beautiful assortment of Georgian deliciousness. Photo By: Irishka Osipova

This event was organized by the President and vice-president of the 11th grade, Luka Ebralidze and Irishka Osipova, alongside Mr. Levan Ghambashidze. As Irishka Osipova recalls, the idea emerged during a history lesson, "The idea first arose during one of our history lessons. Levan Mas liked the proposal and helped us come up with more ideas." The spontaneity of the planning process added an extra layer of excitement to the event. However, the planning crew faced several challenges. With Rtveli being traditionally held in October and the Halloween party and the school trips happening all in the same month, it seemed impossible to choose a suitable date for the event.

GZAAT boys devotedly making "Mtsvadi". Photo By: Irishka Osipova

Luka Ebralidze sheds light on the behind-the-scenes efforts, "Me, Irishka, and Levan Mas went to Agrohub the day prior and bought all the needed supplies such as meat for Mtsvadi, etc. Then we brought all of this to school and ordered more food like Khachapuri." Irishka also emphasized how effort-some and tiring the process was: “This weekend was exhausting because we were constantly running around for supplies, but I’m overall happy with the execution.” But the organizers' hard work did not go unnoticed.

Nina Chiladze, one of the attendees, expressed her enthusiasm, "I’m very very satisfied with this Rtveli. This was the first time an event like this was planned at school, and it was a very pleasant experience."

The importance of creating new traditions at school was something all interviewees mentioned. Anna-Maria Kand shares her perspective, "The Rtveli was very fun and successful. The food was delicious, and I loved the fact that the Frisbee tournament was happening simultaneously."

Elene Javakhishvili emphasizes the significance of these events for showcasing school spirit, stating, "I really enjoyed both Rtveli and the tournament. I’m very happy that there are events like this to showcase our school spirit. This should definitely become a tradition."

Levan Ghambashidze, one of the head organizers, reflects on the origins of the event and its potential impact, "The idea itself arose in September. We were trying to plan a Frisbee tournament for a long time but it wasn’t really working out. But, during the trip to Vardzia, we decided to just get it over with and do it instead of trying to make everything perfect." He envisions Rtveli as a motivator for future events, encouraging students to take the initiative in organizing activities. “The event itself turned out to be quite nice and I think it could become a motivator for people to organize more things like this. We already have some future events planned and may even try to involve parents in these events, so that they get to see that school life is more than what they get to see. This was also one of the only events where students from all grade levels were able to participate.”

Frisbee tournament victors ending their day with smiles on their faces. Photo By: Irishka Osipova

Luka also stressed the importance of incorporating such events into school culture: “The most important thing here is to create traditions for this kind of stuff. Other schools, international schools, do events like these and we just look at them in envy thinking how great it is that these schools have opportunities like that. But those are schools that have existed for over a century and have had time to create these traditions. But because our school is relatively young, this is the time to create traditions.”

Edited By: Mariana Chochia

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