Eritrea Local Customs

  • Chrismas celebration, Asmara
    Chrismas celebration, Asmara
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  • Chrismas celebration, Asmara
    Chrismas celebration, Asmara
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  • Chrismas celebration, Asmara
    Chrismas celebration, Asmara
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Eritrea Local Customs

  • Haggling

    Haggling in Eritrea is light hearted and polite, as opposed to aggressive. You can generally get better deals in local markets and shops, where prices are rarely displayed.Haggling in other places can offend Eritreans.

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  • Tipping

    Tipping is not expected in the countryside, but is expected in the towns, particularly in larger hotels and restaurants who are used to dealing with tourists.Usually the normal 10% of the bill in a restaurant, or $1 for hotel staff is fine.In smaller local restaurants $0.20 to $0.50 is OK depending on the bill and the service.

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  • Languages and people of Eritrea

    There has never been carried out a proper population survey or census in Eritrea. Thus it is impossible to say exactly to state the population size or composition with any degree of precision.The guesses range between 2,5 to 3,5 million, and about an additional million living abroad. Eritrea has 9 main linguistic groups, all diverse in culture,...

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  • People Photography

    In general, it seems the Eritreans do not like being photographed by strangers. Many times, women will cover their face or turn away. This seems to be true more in rural areas outside of Asmara.

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  • The Kunama

    The Kunama are a people of Nilotic origin that live in the north-western part of Eritrea. They are the original people of this area of Gash Barka/Setit. A tremendously proud and beautiful people they are something on their own. Barentu is the urban concentration point of the Kunama. They live a semi-nomadic pastoralist life style and do not easily...

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  • Greetings

    When people meet - at least people who are aquainted or are seeing each other again after some time elapse they will in addition to a handshake bang shoulders: My right shoulder bangs three times gently into your right shoulder. Heads turned slighly away.More formal greetings involve long tirades that sound like talk about the camels - how is your...

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  • The local language spoken in...

    The local language spoken in Eritrea is Tigrinay. In general, English is widely spoken and understood, as is Italian and some other European languages. The currency is called Nakfa, named after the city North of Asmara that had not been capture by Ethiopia in 30 year war. Money can be changed in Asmara in many hotels, banks and many authorized...

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