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Georgian men prefer feasts to women2009-02-16 10:22
If you have never been to Georgia, you've insulted God, every Georgian believes. A guest was always regarded as God's envoy in Georgia. Europeans, visiting this country, see it right away.
It was feast that amazed her at most, confessed Sandra Roelofs, the First Lady of Georgia, native of the Netherlands.
By the way, Georgian men like feasts more than women, proved the survey conducted by Kviris Palitra, the local newspaper. When asked "What do you like most?", 52 per cent of male respondents answered without any doubts: "Feasts and pastimes connected with it" . Women were the third: after feasts and cars.
What causes such a preference of Georgian men?
Georgian feast is a great secret. The groaning board with wines is the common rule. Chikhirtma soup (mutton or chicken boiled with an egg and lots of spices), tolma (minced meat in grape leaves), khachapuri (flat cake with cheese) smell delicious and intoxicates no less than wine. However, you will never enumerate all these wines and dishes. The main thing is: it all is unfeasibly delicious. It is mainly finger food: no need for forks or knives, people merely take meat, chicken or other meal and bite. Sauces and gravy are usually made of pomegranate juice, walnut and incredible combination of herbs; people dip bread into them. It all tastes so nice that many are ready to lick their fingers. That is why there is no need in forks - licking them is no good.
Feast in Georgia is an ancient ritual, a kind of performance lead by a "showman" -a tamada. Surrounded by friends, men (and men only) sing amazing polyphonic Georgian songs. During the remove folk dances can be seen, with languishing and smooth movements of girls contrasting with men's expression.
Tamada pours wine for guests not in a glass but in a riton, chiseled of a Caucasian goat horn. No matter how many guests gathered around the table - four or forty, tamada will let everyone to propose a toast, including the response toast, called alaverdy.
One of the Data Tutashkhia [novel by Chabua Amirejibi] characters said that a Georgian feast is like a Georgian song: people sing with different voices but unite in a choir. Unlike the usual Georgian choir, playing without a conductor, tamada conducts everything. Only he, following the traditions, determines the sequence of toasts: firstly the toast for health of the host or hostess, than the one for happiness of the children, then the one for health of elderly parents...
To cut a long story short, memorizing all the rules and nuances of a Georgian feast is impossible. The only thing left is to enjoy.