The BELIZEAN CULTURE is a mix of influences and people from Kriol ,
Garinagu (also known as Garifuna),
Courtesy is important to most Belizeans. It is not uncommon for
Belizeans to greet each other on the street even if they have never
seen each other before, or for acquaintances to spend minutes at a
time chatting, oblivious to what is happening around them. Another
aspect of the culture is the idea of the mystical healing and
* 1 Folklore * 2 Marriage and family * 3 Food and eating * 4 Socializing * 5 Recreation and sports * 6 Music and art * 7 Media * 8 See also * 9 References and notes * 10 External links
In Belizean folklore, we find the legends of La Llorona, Cadejo, the Tata Duende, and X'tabai.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Belizean marriages are commonly celebrated with church weddings and colorful receptions featuring food, drink and dance. An increasing number of Belizean families are headed by single parents, especially mothers. Due to this trend, many of the present-day youths decline to pursue marriage and get involved in common law relationships with their partners. It is not common to encounter youths living with their parents around the age of 20 or above.
As a consequence of this trend, the most common family structure in
FOOD AND EATING
Main article: Belizean cuisine A traditional Belizean dinner.
Belizeans of all ethnicities eat a wide variety of foods. Breakfast consists of bread, flour tortillas , journey (johnny in Creole) cakes, or fry jacks that are often homemade. It is eaten with various cheeses (Dutch cheese, band back cheese, craft cheese, etc.) refried beans , various forms of eggs or cereal (corn flakes, oatmeal) sweetened with condensed milk. Morning beverages include milk, coffee, tea, Milo, Ovaltine, Cocoa, orange juice (fresh or concentrated). Eating breakfast is called "drinking tea."
Midday meals vary, from lighter foods like beans and rice with or without coconut milk , tamales , panades , (fried maize (corn) shells with beans or fish) and meat pies, escabeche (onion soup), chilmole (black soup made with black recardo), stew chicken and garnaches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, and cabbage sauce) to various constituted dinners featuring some type of rice and beans, meat and salad or coleslaw .
In the rural areas meals may be more simplified than in the cities. The Maya use recardo, corn or maize for most of their meals, and the Garifuna are fond of fish and other seafood, cassava (particularly made into hudut) and vegetables. Local fruits and certain vegetables are quite common. Mealtime is a communion for families and schools and some businesses close at midday for lunch, reopening later in the afternoon.
Belizeans are informal and friendly in greeting one another; it is considered rude not to greet even a slight acquaintance, the clerk or receptionist when entering a place of business. It is, however, considered impolite to greet by first names, (gial, and bwai are common and acceptable) unless one has already established a relationship of some depth (you have had one or more conversations together). A simple nod of the head or shouting is acceptable when passing someone on the street, and acquaintances might also be greeted with any number of introductory phrases as covered here:
* Maanin! ("Good morning!") * Weh di gowan? ("What is going on?") * Aee Bwai! ("Hi Buddy!")
Other acceptable greetings are handshakes, combinations of palms and fingers touching, thumbs locking and slaps on the back, or even a kiss on the cheek for someone to show great appreciation and trust. Formal situations call for use of titles and surnames, and children are expected to address their elders with Miss/Mister and answer “Yes, ma’am” or “No, sir” when asked questions but often do not.
Since the late introduction of television in 1980, visiting with friends is not as common as it used to be. When such a visit does occur Belizeans generally take care to make even unexpected guests feel at home. However, arranged visits are more commonly practiced, arriving without previous notice to a friend’s home may be seen as impolite or dangerous.
RECREATION AND SPORTS
Main article: Sport in Belize
The most popular sports are soccer and basketball , and there is
enthusiastic support for league teams formed since the early 1990s.
Other sports enjoyed in
MUSIC AND ART
Main article: Music of Belize People watch a parade in Punta Gorda .
Brukdown is a very popular modern style of Belizean music related to
Calypso . It evolved out of the music and dance of loggers, especially
a form called buru . Its greatest proponents include Wilfred Peters
Gerald "Lord" Rhaburn of