Many vegetarian dishes are available since a majority of the population observe fasting at some time during the year.

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The legendary Land of Punt referred to by the Egyptian Pharaohs and the object of major expeditions from the First and Second Dynasties (2920-2649 BC) may have been here, for the area was rich in gold, frankincense, myrrh, ostrich feathers, ebony, ivory and other precious commodities.

Eritrea has received much attention in the midst of the refugee crisis, with traumatised citizens undertaking dangerous journeys to escape what has been described as a torturous life at the hands of a cruel regime.

The earliest inhabitants of Eritrea were probably related to the Central African Pygmies.

They later co-mingled with Nilotic, Cushitic and Semitic peoples who migrated here from as far away as the Nubian low-lands and the Arabian peninsula.

The local culture consists of various, and often quite similar, traditions practiced by the nation's many Cushitic and Ethiopian Semitic-speaking Afro-Asiatic ethnic groups, in addition to those practiced by the area's Nilotic minorities.

Coffee (Ge'ez ቡን būn) is offered when visiting friends, during festivities, or as a daily staple of life.

Once the beans are roasted each participant is given an opportunity to sample the aromatic smoke by wafting it towards them.

The coffee roasting smoke are sometimes used to fill the rooms with a pleasant scent.

Some of the coffee will inevitably miss the cup but this is done to prevent the coffee grounds from contaminating the brew. The grounds are brewed four times: the first round of coffee is called awel, the second kale'i, the third bereka ('to be blessed')and the fourth is called "dereja".

However, the "dereja" is not always poured, it is mostly poured when elders are present.

An estimated 50% of local inhabitants are Sunni Muslim adherents, with Orthodox Christian and Roman Catholic followers constituting 30% and 13% of the population, respectively.