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Georgia's Baby Pilgrimage

Every Thursday after Orthodox Easter, childless couples travel to the Samegrelian village of Tsachkuru in western Georgia to participate in an annual pilgrimage to the local Church of the Archangel. Local legend holds that if a couple comes three years in a row to engage in the ritual -- which involves bringing a toy cradle to be blessed by the local priest -- they will be rewarded with a child. Giorgi Gogua of RFE/RL's Georgian Service visited Tsachkuru on April 16 to capture images from the event.