When people all over the world go to the bars when they have a little time, for their favourite booze. Then the Rwandan People of Africa do the same thing, they also go to the bar but to drink milk. Rwanda is famous for the milk bars cultures all around the country. The capital of Rwanda, Kigali, completely crowded at every bar since early morning. Lots of motorcycles and cycles parked in front of every bar. And inside the bar, people have a glass of milk of their choice. And it’s the daily morning ritual of those people. Whenever a customer enters the bar, the milk bar owner smiled and said Mwaramutse – good morning in Kinyarwanda (The Offical language in Rwanda).

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Milk Bar Help Socialise People

All kinds of people can be seen in these bars, from kids to young people and old people. Some are eating beans with bread here, some are sitting with doughnuts or cakes. The interesting thing is that everyone is drinking the same thing here and that milk. Almost the same scene in all the milk bars throughout the city in Rwanda.

These milk bars constantly help to socialize different people and different communities. They like to meet for breakfast or lunch, to socialize with people from different backgrounds. They all enjoy having a good time and cheers together but the most common thing is the glass of milk in everyone’s hands.

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Kuruhimbi Milk Bar

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Kuruhimbi is one of the most famous milk bar chains in Kigali’s. This bar doesn’t serve a drop of liquor. Instead, milk is on tap. With the popularity of the Kuruhimbi milk bar, many similar milk bars are made all over the country. At the same time, there is a growing demand for milk businesses and milk products across Rwanda.

The bar menu is simple. Poured from a vast metal drum in the corner of the shop, frothy cups of milk are served hot or cold, with snacks such as cake, bread and boiled eggs. Ikivuguto, the thick fermented milk, is one of Kuruhimbi’s specialities.

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The Rwandan Wish

In Rwanda, you will say if you want to wish someone well you say ‘Gira Nika’ means may you have a cow or “amashyo” (have thousands of cows), and you’ll hear the response, “amashongore” (have thousands of female cows). When you want to express profound gratitude, you say, “nguhaye inka” which means I give you a cow.

Milk bar is unique to Rwanda. Cows are intrinsic to Rwandan culture and heritage. About 70 per cent of the population in this country is engaged in the agriculture sector.

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