ETHIOPIAEthiopia is an African country known for its beautiful landscapes and its resistance against European powers. The state is the only African nation that managed to resist Europe’s imperialist tendencies, more precisely in the war against Italy. Although it’s actually better known for its poverty and famine, other elements of Ethiopian culture are acknowledged worldwide. We have our first coffee trees exploited in Ethiopia, in Kaffa, where its name comes from. It’s also one of the oldest civilizations, inhabited by Assyrians. The Olympics made its runners globally famous.

Coffee is not only a national product, but also indispensable when socializing. ‘Serving a coffee’ can be a full 2-hours ritual where people get to know each other; instead of sweets or pastries, popcorn is more popular. You’re supposed to enjoy the coffee; if you drink it hastily, they’ll think you don’t like the taste. The coffee is served according to the social hierarchy, starting with the eldest person. You may see everywhere that elders are greeted with a bow and so are people in a superior position. Ethiopians are known for their politeness and humility. They don’t like overconfident persons and are very respectful, even when they don’t like somebody. Sarcastic remarks or criticism means a loss of honor, which is the most sought after value to them.

ETHIOPIAEthiopia’s name is linked to Rastafarians. One of the emperors was called Tafari and ruled as a descendant of King Solomon. This historical figure is the subject of worship for Rastafarians. Ethiopians have a 13-months year and their current year is 2005. It’s also one of the earliest officially Christian nations. Ethiopian tribes may adhere to other beliefs, such as Mursi (better known for their lip plates than their deities).

As for sightseeing, you’ll have the best experience if you explore its nature, including its safari and a volcanic lake, and if you dare to eat Ethiopian food. They don’t use forks, only their right hands. Many spices flavor the meat and fruits and vegetables complete a serving. Festivals offer you the opportunity to learn about their traditions and art.

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