Before you embark on your Georgian journey, it is essential that you know the basics of Georgian Supra. The supra is, of course, more than just a Georgian feast. It is a centuries-old tradition that creates an opportunity for guests to connect and share with each other. While toasting for life, everyone brings something different to the table with the stories they tell and the speeches they make.
It is essential to follow the basic rules during your supra to get the best experience. That is why TripLegend is here to help you have your first supra like a local Georgian.
The Role of Tamada
A Georgian supra always has a toastmaster, a tamada, who leads the feast and introduces each toast throughout the party. Chosen by the host at the very beginning of the party, tamada talks about a topic at some length before each toast. It is an unwritten rule that tamada should drink all his liquor after toasting.
When tamada’s speech is over, the guests can contribute to the discussion with their stories.
A tamada must be a person of respect, who should create a real Georgian feast atmosphere and make the guests feel happy and comfortable throughout the party.
Toasts in a Georgian Supra
As Christianity plays an important role in the lives of Georgian people, the first toast is always made in the name of God. The tamada, then, makes a speech on the blessings of God and the place of Christianity in their culture.
In a typical supra, the guests stand up and toast to the deceased as well. They remember their lost ones who could not share that special moment with them.
The toast for the deceased is always followed by a toast for life. Tamada makes sure the guests celebrate life with a reminder that it is worth living.
Throughout the feast, the table is full of delicious food. Expect to have pkhali (spinach and walnut salad), pakhlava (sweet pastry), khachapuri (cheese and egg bread) and badrijani nigvzit (fried eggplant with walnut sauce) on a traditional Georgian supra table.
With their supra, Georgians turned feast into an art form. Supra is all about festivity, life, motherland Georgia, delicious food and laughter.
If you like to learn more about the traditions and wonders of this beautiful country, we invite you have a look at TripLegend’s Georgia trip and discover the hidden treasures of the world. Moreover, check out this video of Peace Corps to learn and see more of the Georgian Supra.
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