Memorial Day of the Victims of the Caucasus War in Abkhazia (21/05)

On May 21, Abkhazia celebrates the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Caucasian War and the forced eviction of the mountain peoples of the Caucasus.

The choice of date is due to the fact that on May 21, 1864, Russian General P.V. Grabbe held a military parade in the Kbaada tract (Krasnaya Polyana) in honor of the victory over the mountain peoples. Thus, the bloody Caucasian War ended, as a result of which the Russian Empire finally established its control over the territory of the North Caucasus.

In the sixties and seventies of the 19th century, thousands of Abkhazians were forced to leave their historical homeland and move to the countries of the Middle East. Mahajirs settled in communities, restoring the laws and traditions adopted in the Caucasus. The descendants of the Abkhaz mahajirs live in 45 countries. The largest Abkhaz diaspora is in Turkey.