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Ideas for a Sudan Themed Football Party
Football - along with athletics - is the most popular sport in Sudan, and although the national team does not have a huge record of successful trophy wins, they do have a relatively long history, being one of the first African nations with its own football team, founding the oldest league competition in Africa, and hosting the first African Cup of Nations tournament in 1956.
Hospitality is very important in Sudanese culture. If a guest is invited for dinner there are a number of formal stages/processes/courses which are usually followed, including a hand-washing ritual before the meal.
Sudanese Party Decorations
Food for a Sudan Themed PartyLamb and chicken are the meats that are most often eaten. A wide variety of vegetables are grown, of which okra is one of the most popular. Rice and breads are served with most meals. Fresh fruit, cut into slices, is frequently served as a dessert - creme caramel is very popular, as are some cakes and pastries.
Try some of these next time Sudan are playing:
Drink for a Sudan Themed PartySudan is a strictly Muslim country, and alcohol is banned. The most suitable drinks for an "authentic" Sudanese party are therefore fruit juices, coffee (which is served black, thick and strong, sometimes flavoured with cardamom), or tea (which is usually served sweet and black, and sometimes flavoured with cinnamon). Hibiscus Tea is a delicious alternative.
While alcohol is strictly illegal in the Muslim north, locally brewed alcohol is available - although illegal - in parts of the south of the country. The local beer is brewed from sorghum or millet and is apparently cloudy and sour. Aragi is a spirit distilled from sorghum or dates. It is apparently powerful stuff and sometimes contaminated with methanol or embalming fluid(!), so the fact that Sudanese alcohol is illegal within the country and rarely exported outside it is probably a good thing! So for your Sudan themed party we'd recommend either sticking to fruit juice, tea or coffee, or just buying you favourite wine or beer that you would usually drink!
Theming Your Sudanese PartyIf you want to deck out your room with Sudanese-style fabrics rather than Sudanese flags , see if you can find an African market or fabric supplier in a town or city near where you live. Sudanese fabrics often feature bold patterns and "earthy" colours such as yellows, golds, yellowy greens, oranges, browns and blacks.
For a Sudanese meal, it would be normal to sit the guests on cushions on the floor around a low wooden table with no cover or cloth. On arrival guests would be offered fruit juice (often a cocktail of several fruit juices combined together) before sitting down to eat. Guests are then offered large cloths to cover their knees and laps, rather than small wetsern-style napkins.
Soup is served first, brought to the table in individual bowls. Once this is finished, the main course is served. The main dish, rice and any vegetable accompaniements are brought to the table in large serving dishes, from which the guests help themselves. Salad and Shata - a hot spicy condiment - are served in individual bowls for each guest. The advantage of serving the shata in individual bowls is that it allows each guest to add as little or as much as they like to their meal. After the main course and any dessert have been cleared away, tea or coffee is usually served, and Sandalwood Incense Sticks are lit to create a relaxing atmosphere after the meal.
With thanks to the website "africa.upenn.edu/Cookbook/Sudan" for much of the above information.
Unfortunately we have not been able to find a reliable source for Sudan shirts at this time. The team's home colours are red shirts with red shorts, and their away strip is all white.