Along with religion, Georgians have kept their traditions and folklore sacred. Especially folk dances and songs have received the most attention. The national originality of Georgian people is fully reflected in harmonious singing. The roots of polyphonic church chanting go back to the 5 th century AD. Originally it existed only on folk level, but with the coming of Christianity it got the status of church chanting.There are a lot of disputes related to origination of Georgian folklore. Some people believe that Georgian folk music is more than 1,500 years old. The most courageous assert that the first mentioning of Georgian dancing and singing folklore is dated back as far as B.C. For example, according to Greek historian Xenophon (the 3th century BC), among the Georgian tribes used secular music, military and dancing melodies. Georgian folklore has preserved ritual songs and dances of both pagan and Christian epochs.
Georgian folklore has played an important role in every aspect of the people's lives. Georgians have sung in weddings, feast and even before and after going to war. There are many different kinds of dances and songs, each representing a specific region of the country, it means that each region of Georgia has its special manner of dancing and singing. Moreover, the songs are unique in their harmony and multiplicity of voices. Most of the folk songs are sung without any kind of instrument. In 2001 the UNESCO recognized Georgian songs as a masterpiece of oral immaterial heritage.
Georgian singing and dancing culture is rich in genres. The national performing style and the traditions, which were passed from generation to generation, have been in formation for many centuries. Georgian folklore is still significant to the people because through folklore, they express their culture, traditions, way of life, and even love for one another.