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Dominicanese
13-11-16, 18:45
Barbados.

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Culture:
The culture of Barbados is a blend of Caribbean Native, West African and British cultures present in Barbados. English is the official language of the nation, reflecting centuries of British influence, but the Bajan dialect in which it is spoken is an iconic part of the Barbadian culture.

Cuisine:
Bajan cuisine is a mixture of African, Indian, and British influences. A typical meal consists of a main dish of meat or fish, normally marinated with a mixture of herbs and spices, hot side dishes, and one or more salads. The meal is usually served with one or more sauces.
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The national dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou & fried Flying Fish with spicy gravy. Another traditional meal is "Pudding and Souse" a dish of pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes.
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Another popular Bajan dish (or snack) is fish cakes. These tempting little fried treats are made with salted cod, flour, herbs and pepper, and are served island-wide in all corners, from rustic rum shops all the way to elegant cocktail parties.
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Chicken usually heads up every Bajan's shopping list. On Sundays, it is traditionally stuffed with a fresh herb stuffing made with the local 'Eclipse' crackers and baked whole. It can also be stewed, barbequed, stuffed with Bajan seasoning and fried, cooked with rice, curried, boiled into a delicious soup with vegetables - the list could go on.
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American staples such as pizza, Hot Dogs and burgers are fairly common, as are British fish and chips. Chinese, Indian, and Thai dishes are available in the main towns. A few Mexican and Brazilian restaurants are available on the South Coast. There are upmarket sushi restaurants in or near large resorts.

Music:
The music of Barbados includes distinctive national styles of folk and popular music, including elements of Western classical and religious music. The culture of Barbados is a syncretic mix of African and British elements, and the island's music reflects this mix through song types and styles, instrumentation, dances, and aesthetic principles.
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Barbadian folk traditions include the Landship movement, which is a satirical, informal organization based on the British navy, tea meetings, tuk bands and numerous traditional songs and dances. In modern Barbados, popular styles include calypso, spouge, contemporary folk and world music. Barbados is, along with Guadeloupe, Martinique, Trinidad, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, one of the few centers for Caribbean jazz.

Ethnic Racial Composition:
* 92.4% Black & Mulatto
* 3.1% Mixed (Likely Tri-Racial or Dougla)
* 2.7% White
* 1.3% East Indian
* 0.4% Others

People:
Close to 90% of all Barbadians (also known colloquially as "Bajan") are of Afro-Caribbean descent ("Afro-Bajans") and mixed-descent. The remainder of the population includes groups of Europeans ("Anglo-Bajans" / "Euro-Bajans") mainly from the United Kingdom and Ireland, along with Asians, predominantly Chinese and Indians (both Hindu and Muslim). Other groups in Barbados include people from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Barbadians who return after years of residence in the United States and children born in America to Bajan parents are called "Bajan Yankees", a term considered derogatory by some. Generally, Bajans recognise and accept all "children of the island" as Bajans, and refer to each other as such. Black Bajans descend largely from Igbo, Akan, Fongbe, and Yoruba people of present-day Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, and Benin/Togo as a result of slavery.
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Many Barbadians now live overseas and outside of Barbados; the majority have migrated to Anglophone countries, including 34,340 Barbadians in Canada, some 19,000 in the United Kingdom, around 65,000 in the United States and some 500–1,000 Barbadians in Liberia. In addition to Anglophone countries other groups of Barbadians have moved to Latin countries including: Brazil, Cuba and Panama.

Languages:
English is the official language of Barbados. They also speak a local dialect in informal situations and it is locally known as Bajan or Bajan English. Bajan has it's roots Hiberno English spoken in southern Ireland, WestCountry English, and British English, with some influences from West African languages. They also use many Carib or Native Caribbean words everyday locally.

Religion:
Most Barbadians of African and European descent are Christians (95%), the largest denomination being Anglican (40%). Other Christian denominations with significant followings in Barbados are the Catholic Church (administered by Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown), Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Spiritual Baptists. The Church of England was the official state religion until its legal disestablishment by the Parliament of Barbados following independence.

Other religions in Barbados include Hinduism, Islam, Bahá'í, Judaism and Wicca. There is an unknown number of Rastafarians on the island.

Sports:
Sports in Barbados are many and varied. The large Barbadian diaspora around the globe and wide-scale availability of International television covered on the local cable service and DirectTV has meant that Barbadians have always been up to date on international trends. Barbadians now follow a wide cross-section of sport from across the world. In recent years, the Barbadian government has implemented a policy of sport-based tourism. Including the hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and various other events locally. Beyond this, the Barbadian calendar has many sporting events throughout the year.

Bajan videos
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Dominicanese
13-11-16, 18:59
Bajans & Barbados.

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Dominicanese
13-11-16, 18:59
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