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Ethiopians celebrate Christmas by decorating their homes’ floors with grass. Traditional Ethiopian food, such as injera—a circular, spongy flatbread made with the grain teff—and w’et, a stew frequently cooked with the popular red spice berbere or saffron—will also be served. The w’et, which includes vegetables and peas or lentils, can be cooked with lamb, cattle, fish, goat, or chicken. Genna residents love to eat “Doro w’et,” a stew cooked from chickens (Doro) that also contains whole hard-boiled eggs (without the shell). Sheep meat can be consumed alone or in a stew (Ye’beg w’et). After this delectable lunch, there will be a coffee (Buna) ceremony because coffee originated in Ethiopia and holidays wouldn’t be complete without it. The coffee beans will be roasted in front of hosts and guests, and the pan will be passed around so that everyone may enjoy the aroma. The amazing scent will transport you for a little period of time to a location you never knew existed. Coffee will be provided together with popcorn, and it will be enjoyed while inhaling the enchanted scent of burning incense. Depending on the household, unique handcrafted refreshments will be provided after the coffee ceremony. Tej, a popular Ethiopian wine created without grapes from fermented honey, Tela, a homemade beer made from the shrub “Gesho,” and Araki, a potent alcoholic beverage prepared from regional plants and herbs. Araki packs a powerful punch and has a flavor that is similar to gin. For Ethiopians, Genna is more about its religious meaning and spending time with family and friends than it is about consumerism and gifts. There is a lot of friendliness, laughter, and interaction between neighbors who come and go.

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