Eritreans have long been associated with the great notion of hospitality. When it comes to welcoming guests no other people can do it better than Eritreans. And that radiates pride in us.
Music (traditional) is always part of the hospitable welcome that each ethnic group accords its guests at any given time. And a common instrument that features in all the groups is the drum.
Whether hung on the shoulders or beaten by hands or sticks on the ground, its beat always emits a distinct message for every occasion- be it for welcoming guests, launching campaigns or other activities….
During welcoming ceremonies, men sway their swords while women ululate and dance with their feet to the beats of the drum. As a guest you find relief and contentment while the warm reception being accorded to you and in no time you are busy exchanging greetings with your fellow country men and women.
“Welcome!” “Thank you!” “How are you?”
As the drums keep beating the pleasantries follow, enabling you to realize that in spite of our diversity, our unity always prevails. The Eritrean culture!
Anywhere in this country, a stranger can knock at a house and the host won’t hesitate to prepare him a meal worthy of a king. That’s the spirit of Eritreans towards welcoming guests to their homes.
Sharing your blessing is and has always been a national value well instilled in the minds of our people. They let you in their homes and offer you all they have, in addition to their brotherly love and affection.
During your trip you may resist the temptation of staying longer and just linger for a while, fascinated by their hospitality. And then you proceed on your way only to find warmer receptions. As if you haven’t heartily appreciated the affectionate welcome at Sireru, that of Fodie totally puts you at a loss of words for their humbleness. There and then you forget your differences and realize your similarities. And deep down inside you feel: that this can only be preserved by staying united at all times.
Beauty Never Lasts
Beauty has its own time and place. The attire you liked, the tattoos you noticed or the appearance you admired….all have their own way of impressing you.
From the smiling Afar woman to the beaming Hidareb gentleman, the internal and external beauty enables you to take pleasure in it. You realize that you want to remain there forever and be in awe of the beauties that seem to have eluded you all this time. One thing is true your eyes have already had their feasts.
And before you have stopped admiring all the attractiveness around you, you are reminded that you have to depart, yet to find more beauties to marvel at.
You would like to stay on for a little longer but as the saying goes good things never last long enough…..