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Transcript of Dominican Republic
• January 21. Day of the Lady of Altagracia. a holiday on which many faithful followers flock to the temple in Higuey to worship the Virgin.
Elders and people you don't know should be addressed as "Usted".
Febuary27. National Independence Day. Dominicans celebrate the day on which they drove out the Haitians who occupied their country for 22 years. During this month, various events are held to commemorate the heroes who fought for national independence.
Febuary. Dominican Carnival is celebrated during the whole month of Febuary. It conisist of colorful costumes, that symbolize many religious and traditional characters.
The food there is very similar to the food in the Latin American countries but there are many that are different.
The national sport is baseball.
The Dominican flag is the only one to have a bible in it.
July. The Santo Domingo Merengue Festival.. The capital of the Dominican Republic celebrates the merengue festival for one whole week during which the city is filled with music, dance, markets and food stalls.
August 16. Restoration Day. The day of the Restoration of Dominican Sovereignty which was under the domination of the Spanish Crown in 1863.
They created the merengue style of music, which is a fast-paced, rhythmic dance music.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, although English, Italian, German, and French are also spoken all over the country.
They are known as the bread basket Caribbean because it grows, farms and catches almost everything that's served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- There was a certain time when the Dominican Republic was purely a catholic country, now (2010 research) determines the country is full of diverse beliefs. The country consists of individuals that are:
68.9% of Roman Catholic faith
2.3% other faiths
- In a census, the mother tongue of the population of DR , was :
0.12 Other Languages
It's rice cooked with black or red kidney beans and is a popular dish.
is made from boiled, green plantains that are mashed and topped with sauteed red onions.
consists of white rice, stewed beans and a meat dish that’s usually stewed or roasted.
Dulce De Coco.
Is a creamy, coconut milk dessert
Fried boniato —
a variety of sweet potato with white flesh. Boniato is less sweet than its orange-fleshed counterpart but has a fluffier consistency and a delicate flavor.
is made by rice and it basically uses the burnt rice after cooking rice.
Habichuelas Con Dulce
is a rich, sweet cream made with slow cooked beans, sweet potato, coconut and sugar.
- December 5th
: Christopher Columbus "discovers" the island and names it Hispaniola, or "Little Spain".
: The Spanish set up the first spanish colony in Santo Domingo.
: The spanish monarchy permitted the import of Africans for work purposes. (Later had a huge impact on the population).
: Western part of Hispaniola (Haiti) is given to France. Eastern part is given to Spain (present day-Dominican Republic).
: Haitian Republic is born.
: DR declares independence from Haiti.
DR has their first president, Pedro Santana.
Pedro leads with a dictatorship.
: The US and the DR sign a 50 year treaty in which the US pays off all of the DR's debt
: First democratic elections in four decades.
• Located in the Caribbean aka as the West Indies
• Dominican Republic is divided into 30 provinces. The capital, Santo Domingo, is the oldest city in the Caribbean and the New World.
• Average temperature is 25°c, and temperatures never rise higher than 32°c
• Home to the highest peaks of the West Indies, and has 8 total mountain ranges.
Public displays of affection are widely accepted such as hugging friends and family.
Public displays of emotions such as anger are heavily frowned upon.
Women may kiss someone on the cheek as a greeting.
It's important to look people in the eyes when speaking.
It's impolite not to shake someone's hand.
Dominicans use a lot of hand gestures and facial expressions when speaking.
Dominicans talk loudly, and fast especially with people they're close with.
The Spanish spoken in the Dominican is known as Dominican Spanish.
Their form of Spanish is more of a mix of English and Spanish.
Dominicans don't properly enunciate words, for example ignoring the R and S in words.
Often the letter R is pronounced as an L.
It's important to to greet people when going over to their place, or meeting them in a public place.
A lot of slang is used in the country, such as "ta to" or "fuego" to show you agree on something.
Most words don't have any direct translations.
Family is usually the first topic of discussion, as it's important for them to know the family ties of others.
Politics and religion shouldn't be discussed when meeting someone for the first time.
There are many hand gestures used in the country.
Some are similar to North America such as rubbing your thumb and fingers together to symbolize money.
Some are unique to the country such as puckering their lip in a certain direction to point to a far away object.
- The population of the Dominican Republic consists of many different races. Currently, according to a 2015 gene pool, the current genetics in DR is : 59.15% European
35.57% Sub-Saharan African
5.28% Native American
Dominican Republic has an estimated 10.4 million in population
Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean, after Cuba.
Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola.
The geography of Dominican Republic is greatly diverse, ranging from semi- desert plains, to lush valleys, to tropical rain forests, highland and lowland areas, offshore islands, rivers and lakes with 27 different climatic zones.
Most visitors come for it's magnificent gold and white sand beaches of the country`s 1633 km of coastline.
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Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor
Oldest cathedral in the Americas (1512-1540)
Natural wonder of Dominican Republic. It is also know as 27 Waterfalls.
16th century castle, representing medieval architecture Also served as a prison till the 60s.
A tropical island filled with wild life, sandbars and visited by Christopher Columbus, as early as 1494
Museo de las casas reales
Museum built during the Hispaniola time containing important cultural elements.
- Dominican culture is strongly influence by European culture but also influenced by African and Aboriginal elements.
- The language spoken is spanish, but Taino (popular aboriginal group) is infused, as well as some african slang.
- The national dance is Merengue. Believed to have been developed while African slaves were chained up and had to work at the beat of drums.
- During special holidays (Christmas + Easter) extended family gets together for a huge feast.
- They value family a lot.
- Married brothers are regarded as extended family.
- Married sisters join husbands family.
- Upper and middle classes have patriarchies.
- Aboriginal history is transmitted through music and dance.