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Cultural Facts of Nicaragua

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Rachael Hudson

on 4 September 2012

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Interesting facts about the culture of Nicaragua. Welcome to Nicaragua! photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Nicaragua is located in Central America, between Honduras and Costa Rica. Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Nicaragua is the largest Central American country and holds the record for the largest natural lake in Central America. The oldest city in Central America, Granada, is also located in Nicaragua. Granada is just as popular today as it was when it was founded in 1524! With this ancient language comes the sense of ancient traditions and values. Nicaraguans are family-oriented and are very protective of their dignities. Historical legends and family folklore of heroes and leaders are passed through the generations, creating a sense of national pride in every citizen. Although the offical language of Nicaragua
is Spanish, many citizens still speak the ancient Mayan language spoken by their ancestors. Unlike the religiously diverse U.S.A., Nicaragua has one primary religion: Catholicism. The majority Nicaraguan cities are still fashioned after colonial Catholic cathedrals. Some of these architecturally rich buildings are the original structures erected in colonial times! Although an essentially poor country, Nicaragua is known for it's citizens' appreciation of possessions. Homes are generally small shacks constructed of whatever material found, children usually have one or two toys, and people only have a few outfits. What Nicaraguans are lacking in wealth, they're making up for in pride. Unlike Americans, Nicaraguans don't take their things for granted. Also unlike Americans, Nicaraguans don't enjoy a large variety of cuisines. Their usual diet consists of corn, beans, tortillas, tomatoes, chili, potatoes, steak, and various roots. Although very few ingredients, the meals created are very rich and overall nutritional. Education Under budgeted, inadequate, and not very well advertised, Nicaraguan schools don't provide as good an education to students as American schools. Even though it isn't a law to attend schools, up to 70% of children are enrolled and education is very valuable to Nicaraguans. Performance Arts Americans enjoy a variety of operas, plays, and very elaborate artistic performances. However, Nicaragua's main performing art consists of traditional folklore dances. These masked dances are preformed at festivals, fiestas, and other celebrations. Entertainment Like Americans, Nicaraguans have their own ways of entertainment. Things Nicaraguans do for fun include baseball, soccer, horseback riding, hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with family. About the Country Language Religious Influence Rich in Pride Food
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