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“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”

Tourism is one of the most exciting and progressive industries in the World. Although many of us have been "tourists" at some point in our lives, defining what tourism actually is, can be difficult.

Tourism can be defined as experiencing something new, original and unique. One of the best things to know about different country besides its tourist attractions and popular places is “culture of hospitality”. Hospitality refers to the relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with goodwill. In Ancient Greece, hospitality was right, with the host being expected to make sure the needs of his guests were met. In India hospitality is based on the principle Atithi Devo Bhava, meaning "the guest is God". Celtic societies also valued the concept of hospitality, especially in terms of protection. A host who granted a person's request for refuge was expected not only to provide food and shelter to his/her guest, but to make sure they did not come to harm while under their care.

When we talk about Georgia and its unique heritage, we must mention the “Art of Georgian Hospitality”. It is the mix of love, respect, devotion and friendship. According to Georgian hospitality, every guest is God-sent” (Georgian proverb). For centuries Georgian people developed traditions of hospitality. Love and boundless respect for guests, devotion to host's duties, traditional feast are passed from one generation to another. As a result Georgian culture is distinguished by high culture of hospitality.

If you want to really find out what Georgian hospitality really looks like, you should be part of Georgianfeast – “Supra”.  A “Supra” is an important part of Georgian social culture. Regardless of size and type, supra is always led by a tamada, or toastmaster, who introduces each toast during the feast.The tamada is elected by the banqueting guests or chosen by the host.In most cases, the Tamada always opens with a toast to “Sakartvelo” (Georgia) and then one to God, and then generally one to the most honored people in the room, the guests. Other toast can be about peace, health, happiness, love, friendship, well-being and etc. Tamada can also make exceptional toasts. Every toast is called “sadghegrdzelo”.

 

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Virginia Woolf

 

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Georgian hospitality is the stuff of legend, and the long and flowing toast to the guests’ presence and what they bring to the table (both literally and figuratively) is evidence of it.Every dish has its own unique design and mostly all of them have special eating instructions. Cold dishes are already settled on the table and hot dishes come from time to time during the feast.

 

“Wine is most civilized thing in the world”

Ernest Hemingway

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If you are a wine lover and you are attending Georgian feast, consider yourself very lucky because in Georgia wine is an inevitable part of Supra. Sometimes, the wine will not come out of glasses. It’s typically Georgian to drink out of horns, either real rams’ horns or porcelain replicas. These ceremonial objects will come down from hearths to grace the supra table, often being passed around the table from one person to another.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor Hugo

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Georgia has rich and still vibrant traditional music, which is primarily known as arguably the earliest polyphonic tradition of the Christian world.Georgian folk songs are often sang in the feast. Singing is very common activity and during the feast everyone is expected to participate in singing.Old Georgian drinking-songs are melodious, polyphonic and rather complicated. Some of them don't need any accompaniment. The choir of men creates musical background. Modern drinking-songs are usually performed to the accompaniment of the guitar or the piano.

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Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

Martha Graham

The Georgian dance is distinguished for its aristocratic restraint and steadiness: a man is a knight, a lady is as delicate and gracious as a fairy. Their restrained, smooth movements express flaming emotions.

Overall, Georgia is a country that you must visit once in a while. If you are good at math, you might probably know such kind of equation which is always true:

Good feeling atmosphere + Extraordinary Places + Open hearted people+ Remarkable Folklore+Great food + Inspirational Stories + Amazing wine

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