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Every year, on November 7, a festival named "Telavkalakoba" or "Erekleoba" is celebrated in Telavi. A public, traditional holiday for Kakhetians is equal to "Tbilisoba" and is associated with the anniversary of Erekle II.
Concerning the birthday of King Erekle, various events are held in the center of Telavi, in the Erekle Museum, and on the territory of Batonis Tsikhe (The Master's Fortress). Batonis Tsikhe was founded in Telavi in the 70s of the 17th century. Until 1801 it functioned as a royal residence. Batoni Fortress combines the palace-memorial of Erekle II, the historical museum, the gallery, the church, the castle wall, the baths, and the tunnel along the palace grounds.
Within the framework of the festival of Telavkalakoba exhibitions of handicrafts and artworks of contemporary artists are held. In pavilions, arranged specifically for this day - the works of entrepreneurs are presented. During the day, the pavilions of the village goods, wine, tourism, handicrafts, books, and music are standing on the main square of the city.
In addition, in the city center, you can attend the process of preparation and exhibition of Georgian dishes.
A large prayer service is held in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the yard of Batonis Tsikhe, and at the same time - in Svetitskhoveli, where Erekle II is buried, to commemorate the soul of King Erekle.
At the end of the day, "Telavkalakoba" ends with gala concerts with the participation of local folk ensembles and Georgian pop musicians. Like the Tbilisoba City Fest, where honorary Tbilisians are awarded every year, the honorary citizens of Telavi are awarded at an event held at the Telavi Theater.
"Telavkalakoba" or "Erekleoba" was last celebrated on November 7, 2019, regarding the 299th anniversary of Erekle II.
Erekle II, King of Kartli and Kakheti, was born on November 7, 1720 in Telavi. He was the son of Teimuraz II and his wife Tamar (daughter of Vakhtang VI). In 1762-1798 he was the king of Kartli and Kakheti.
The Georgian people called Erekle II "The Little Kakhetian" (Patara Kakhi), who had to ascend the royal throne of Kakheti during an especially difficult period for Eastern Georgia and spent his entire long life in wars and fighting enemies. Many Georgian and foreign historians have studied the life of Erekle II and expressed many interesting opinions about him.
The National Archives of Georgia preserves historical information about Erekle II, manuscripts, personal letters, publications printed in King Erekle's printing house, portraits of the king and his family members, and more. The exhibits reflect the military, political and personal life of a special, notable king of Georgia.