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    Autumn in Georgia is warm and sunny, creating a fitting atmosphere in which to celebrate a holiday near and dear to all progressive mankind.

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    Background: Autumn in Georgia is warm and sunny, creating a fitting atmosphere in which to celebrate a holiday near and dear to all progressive mankind. This is the 800th birth anniversary of the great Georgian poet and thinker--Shot'ha Rust'haveli.

    Representatives from all over the world have arrived in Tbilisi for the celebrations. Among them are scientists, poets, writers and public figures.

    The Soviet delegation, led by Secretary of the Writers' Union Nicolai Tikhonov, and the foreign guests were met at Tblisi Airport by a leader of the Georgian communist Party Sturua, Chairman of the local Writers' Union Irakli Abashidze, and members of the government committee, set up to supervise the Rust'haveli celebrations.

    Among the foreign guests were Georgianologist Dr. David Lunch, the Hungarian scientist Marton Ishtvanovich, the writer James Aldridge, the prominent Japanese public figure Innei Fukuro and his wife, and many others.

    The tour of places connected with the life and work of Shot'ha Rust'haveli was an interesting event which enabled Georgia's guests to get a first-hand knowledge of this Soviet republic.

    Borzhomi is more than a world-famous spa. It is the site of unique architectural monuments dating back to Rust'haveli's times. The city inhabitants greeted the guests with national songs and dances.

    In the town of Akhal-Tsikhe crowds of people from all over the countryside and the guests, assembled on the main square for the unveiling of a monument to the great humanist. The ceremony was held to the background of ancient Georgian music.

    The figure of Shot'ha Rust'haveli was created by the sculptor Givi Toidze, who succeeded in the conveying the poet's simplicity and depth of soul.

    The little settlement of Vardzia boasts a unique cave city of the XIIth century with exquisite architecture and lay-out. For neither the labyrinths, nor the height could dismay the guests who had come to behold this creation of unusual beauty and the grand of the Caucasus which opens up before the visitor's eyes. Also ??? the cave city is a unique fresco depicting the Georgian tsaress Tamara.

    A Rust'haveli anniversary meeting was held in the session hall of the Georgian Supreme Soviet.

    In the hall were representatives of the Georgian public, as well as guests from other Soviet Republics and foreign countries.

    The meeting was opened by the chairman of the Georgian republic's jubilee committee Prime Minister Dzhavashashvili. The keynote report about Rust'haveli's creations was delivered by the post and academician Irakli Abashidze.

    Soviet Minister of Culture Yekaterina Furtseva spoke of the importance of Rust'haveli for the development of world culture.

    The Rust'haveli celebrations have been most impressive. The jubilee brings many lofty ideas to mind, but the best thought was expressed by Rust'haveli himself eight centuries ago:
    One must live in the name of life
    And give his life in the name of the living!

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