Culture of Ethiopia

The People

The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic, but there are more than 80 other languages spoken there. About 45 percent of the population goes to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. A common trait Ethiopians has is friendliness, and appreciate others who are humble, honorable, and pleasant. For the most part, they dress in bright colors.
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Custums and Courtesies

Greetings are warm in Ethiopia, with either a kiss on the cheek or shaking hands. When speaking, they avoid long eye contact pointing with finger or foot. They visit family and friends frequently, and are always welcomed with a drink. The children eat separate from the adults and food is only passed with the left hand.
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Ethiopians eat corn, barley, oats, bread, meat, bananas, avocados, grapes, and carrots. soccer is a popular sport for both boys and girls. Traditions include basket weaving, embroidery, wood carving, and jewelry making. Major holidays include Victory Day, Ethiopian New Year, and Meskel.
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Nearly all of the Ethiopians are farmers, they grow coffee, wheat, millet, pules, and barley. They walk, ride a camel, take a bus, taxi, or train to get around. Less than half of Ethiopian children go to school. They have some medical facilities, but most don't have access.
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