The history of Georgian supra (the Georgian word for feasting together with guests) is not so old, contrary to what may appear. It was born in the 19th century, in the times of intense russification of Georgians. Meals were the perfect pretext for meetings, and toasts became the way for expressing thoughts and views, frequently including traditional and often defiant values.
Each supra must have its master of ceremony, called tamada. It is he who directs the gathering, from the beginning to the end. A good tamada is one that knows how to give poignant, original and long toasts. The person entrusted with this function is often the eldest participant, the host, or sometimes a very prominent guest. It is important that the tamada has broad knowledge - not just on the events in Georgia and the world, but also about the participants of the feast. Toasting on the subject of guests is welcomed!