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Albanian culture and Hospitality

by Argjenda Selmani on February 10, 2021


Hospitality is one of the most important elements of Albanian culture and social life. In general, Albanians have a very hospitable culture. hospitality is a fundamental custom of the local society and serving food is integral to the hosting of guests and visitors.

'Bukë e krip e zemër'

If you happen to visit an Albanian house, you will be treated like a king. They will respect you by sitting you at the top of the house or desk. The friend is entertained with the best things he can have. 'Bukë e krip e zemër' is the favorite expression of Albanians. That means that they will share everything they have with the guest!
Homemade raki is usually offered, which is also a traditional drink. Albanians have a habit of shaking hands with each other when meeting and in most cases kissing, generally four times.

How to communicate with Albanians?

Albanians are mainly a communicative people. They like to talk, talk and socialize. Albanians also communicate through body language. It is known that when the palm of the hand is placed on the chest it expresses gratitude. And a light blow to the shoulder means 'good luck'. Nowadays, the Albanian youth in general is knowledgeable of foreign languages. Mostly English. But also the German one since a large part of the youth lives in German-speaking countries.

In addition to hospitality, besa is another very important virtue of Albanians. Besa, or the cult of the word given, is related at source to the biblical myth of the saying "In the beginning was the word." Before it was writing, the contract, the man, the world was the word itself. This magnificent cult, which in the peoples of Western Europe gradually took on the character of an ecclesiastical religious omen, preserved the source language for the Albanians.
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