The admirable place – Tusheti – is reach in historical sites and traditions. Our guests would see a lot of interesting here. You will see the Tush people getting ready for the feasts, generously entertaining their guests.
The circle of the Tusheti cultic feasts Atnigenoba starts on the hundredth day after Easter and continues for two weeks. This time at the holy places of each village they make worships in the calendar sequence. The host of “Antigenoba” is “Shulta”, a man elected by the village to carry out the role as the servant of the local shrine for a year.
Atnigenoba fest goes on with jokes and joy. The Tush fest is not assignable without the traditional beer. They brew the beer before the beginning of Atnigenoba starts and call it “aluda”. The hosts treat to “aluda” all comers.
At the end of the fest the ritual horse races are held. Smartly ride the horsemen in the mountains of Tusheti. This is unbelievable breathtaking sight!
The fest represents a great festival of the folk arts. Local and foreign children take part in such festival with special pleasure. The smallest armed with the brushes and paints create vanguard works of art on the stone flats.
Tush women are skilled in knitting and felt cloak making. The most popular among the folk art lovers are Tusheti carpets, brightly colored and decorated in unique local geometrical ornament and natural colors, bright socks, knitted shoes “chitebi”, woolen cloaks and “kechebi”.
Any guest who entered the village during the festival will be invited to dinner. Nobody will pay attention to the religion at this holy time.
The sheep’s cheese “guda” – is one of the most interesting products in the cookery of Tusheti, Georgia and the whole world. If you are a foreigner and have not tasted this wonder yet, we can tell you that this cheese by its features is similar to the French Roquefort, but without its blue mold. We should advice you to arise to Tusheti and taste it yourself.
The now extended secret of the preparation technology of the sheep’s cheese was passed on from generation to generation and reached our days. The sheep’s cheese of Tusheti is known as the “guda”, as till the acquisition of its final flavoring features the cheese is kept inside the especially finished tied up sheepskin bag sheep’s skin, “guda”.
Besides the cheese it is notable also “khinkali” (cooked pastry bags filled in with the meat), “kotori” (“khachapuri”), “khavitsi”, etc.