Kolkhoba (Georgian: კოლხობა, Turkish: Kolhoba, Laz: Ǩolxoba) is an annual Laz festival held each year at the end of August or the beginning of September in Sarpi village, Georgia. It was first held on August 7, 1978, and has since become an established tradition. Kolkhoba is a new name for the ancient holiday of Lazeti region, which is related to the cult of sea. Lazeti residents used to gather on the coast and swim in the sea. Festival has revived the former lifestyle of Lazeti residents and moments of human relations typical to the times of ancient Greece and Colchis related to the Argonauts journey to Colchis. During the celebration of Kolkhoba theater performances are followed by a variety of activities and it is considered one of the main public festivals.
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