In connection of the event, Kutaisi Mayor Shota Murgulia and Majoritarian MP Genadi Margvelashvili awarded winners of the Calligraphist Competition at Georgian Language Memorial in Kutaisi. The Calligraphist Competition was held on April 8 by the Organization for Education and Monument Protection Department of the Kutaisi City Hall. 48 teachers and 65 pupils of public and private schools were involved in competition. 5 pupils and 5 winner teachers were revealed, who were awarded with diplomas and money prizes. Competition has been held for the third time this year and its purpose is to popularize the individuality of Georgian written language. On April 14, 1978, the Georgian population, together with intellectuals, organized a massive meeting against the decision of the Soviet Union to abolish the Georgian language as a state language in Georgia. On April 14, 1978, about 15,000 people marched from Tbilisi State University to Rustaveli Avenue. Students and intellectuals were joined by other citizens, and nearly 100,000 people gathered at Rustaveli Avenue and for the first time in the history of the Soviet Union, the Communist regime retreated. Therefore, 14th of April were announced as Georgian Language Day, which is traditionally celebrated on this date with the various events.