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Feb 22, 2019 15:35:21

Gursha

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"Bechawen Yebela Beachawen Yemotal"

An Amharic quote meaning - if you eat alone, you will (live &) die alone.
In many cultures, eating isn't about what you consume. It's more about the gathering of people. The banter. The laughter. The sharing of your day, your fear, your happiness.
When I was back home in Ethiopia, I remember almost all my meals being with at least one person. Even in school, with lunch boxes, we would split one lunch box into 5 or 6 people. Nobody complained about feeling hungry.
In Ethiopia, you will rarely find someone voluntarily eating alone. Even in restaurants, the food arrives in one big plate… Picture of Marcus Samuelsson and Anthony Bordain
"Gursha" is one tradition around eating where there is a gesture of love. With gursha - we hand-feed someone we are eating with. Many friends in the US have told me that they miss their mother's Gursha. One friend spent a month having gursha from his mom.
What I love about our tradition is that the food is almost irrelevant. 

It doesn't even have to be delicious.
What matters is the company.

It is the soul that is getting the right type of nutrition.

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    @keni It must be wonderful! Cannot imagine jumping to culture which has no clue about this specific joy and value in life...
    France is a lot like that! I mean often they do care about what they eat, but company and conversation is always more important. Every smallest meal can be a feast. I love it here

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 01, 2019 17:20:31
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      @lucjah - yes I hear France and Italy have similar culture around food. I love it too

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 03, 2019 10:45:58
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    @keni that sounds lovely. Eating together with a family or friend can make the whole experience really nicer, although I prefer eating alone most of the times. I got used to it, because I'm an introvert? Idk. Haha.

    Yaki avatar Yaki | Feb 23, 2019 12:20:20
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      @yaki - Oh I am a super introvert too. But growing up in a culture like what I described, it feels weird to have to eat alone. It took a while to get used to it but I still always enjoy eating in a group and sharing my meals with close family and friends.

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 24, 2019 21:57:27
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