The Honduran community owes much of its origin, being part of Latin America, due to its geographic position. Honduras as a country is multiethnic with at least five ethnic groups (Alex, 2008). This influences the country’s practices in terms of culture, religion, and beliefs. Majority of the Hondurans, however, are catholic and follow the catholic celebrations.
Culture and traditions
We celebrate national holidays and other events in the form of carnivals and parades. There are exhibitions, music, and food. As Christians, we commemorate the day of Christ’s crucifixion (we believe it was a sacrifice for all humanity) by decorating his path with sawdust carpets., Special dishes are prepared during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We set up fireworks celebrating special occasions.
Although most of the Hondurans have lost their language and most of their religious practices, some cultures keep peace agreements and offerings to their ancestral gods. Pottery is a part of the Hondurans’ culture both as an art and economically beneficial trade (Alex, 2008). We also value our traditional food, especially our exceptional cuisine. The cuisine is famous for spices such as the cumin curry, herbs like the coriander and pepper. The Honduran traditional recipes contain corn.
The Hondurans are respectful people and value greetings. Different people greet each other differently depending on the nature of their relationship and the formality of the meeting. For example, if a man greets a man, a handshake will be enough for a formal meeting. If they are friends, they will greet each other with a pat on the back. As for women, a handshake, a nod or a verbal greeting suffice for formality, while close friends may kiss on the cheek. Tossing things to people is not acceptable among my people. This is seen as an act done only for dogs. It is an acceptable behavior concerning people.
Honduras has exceptionally well preserved colonial buildings which are products of our long history. This is one of the major tourist attractions, and the Hondurans use this to their advantage to advertise their country to the world.
Almost all Hondurans speak Spanish, as it is the national language (Alex, 2008). Tourists without the knowledge of Spanish would not feel quite at home especially in the rural areas, where almost everyone speaks the language. English is learnt as a second language and is only used by a few people for communication with tourists. It is also used in the technology industry. Afro-Caribbean people also use English but they are a minority group. Spanish is, therefore, the lingua franca.
Being away from home is an overwhelming feeling as it makes me realize how few people are aware of the Honduran people and our culture. Many people think that I am Mexican by origin, because I am from Latin America. Instead of getting upset I realize my responsibility to represent country, its culture and make my country known worldwide. Now, I live in a country with many communities and traditions they still hold. This motivates me not only safeguard my culture but also pass it over to future generations.