Toasting in Georgia
While it may appear curious to some Western folk, Georgians1 take their traditional toasting very seriously. What outsiders may consider a very relaxed activity, the Georgians take quite seriously. There is a structure and balance to a Georgian toast. This may be partly due to the area’s worship of the Greek god of wine and revelry, Bacchus who was the centre of the Bacchic cult in the first century. The cult’s traditions affect Georgian manners and rituals to this very day.
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