When it comes to raising glasses, a majority of cultures lean toward an alcoholic drink. In France (and most of the Western world), it’s Champagne. In Chile, it’s terremoto. Closer home in Ethiopia, they drink a type of honey wine called tej to celebrate. In Kenya, however, the beverage table at parties looks quite different.
Traditionally, only elder men had access to alcoholic beverages, and even then, they usually never drank more than two horns — an amount equivalent to the size of a Champagne flute. Subsequently, non-alcoholic drinks are much more widespread and popular, even on special occasions. Although modern-day celebrations are awash with soft drinks, there are still a few Kenyan tribes that hold on to their traditions.