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Taking part in a traditional Eritrean coffee ceremony during Friday evening’s Culture Corner Holiday Open House at Minnesota West are Rahawa Tesfagabir (from left), Zewdi Tesfarghi, Tsehaymesh Asgedom and Sina Gebremessihe. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

Eritrean holiday traditions mix old, new

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WORTHINGTON — Raising her family in southwest Minnesota with Eritrean traditions at her roots, Aida Simon has found a balance to blend America’s Christian traditions of decorated trees and gift-giving with the Orthodox Christian traditions involving coffee ceremonies and neighborly gatherings.


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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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