Local traditions and culture in Venezuela

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    Eat Empanadas - They're Yummy!!

    by amapola66 Updated Mar 14, 2006

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    Venezuelan empanadas are deep-fried, stuffed, corn flour patties. You should try them.

    These crescent-shaped fried pies are still made with cornmeal, but are much more chunky than arepas. I had some delicious fish (often filled with baby shark) & cheese empanadas, (there are also meat ones available for those that do meat).

    At one point, Brother No 2 had the enlightening job of making the empanandas for the kids break at school. It was quite a common site to see my him frantically making 500 at 5 am in the morning after a night out awith his friends and no sleep (he he ). I got to eat any that didn't turn out just right : )

    A bit like a Cornish Pasty I suppose, but much more tasty, especially the fish one.

    Empanadas
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    Karneval Carupano

    by Schnorf Written Jun 10, 2005

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    One does not go to Rio! Karneval in Carupano is worthwhile itself in any case. To celebrate here Karneval celebrated so long one desire has Karneval. Whom that is not enough yet, which can post a passage from Carupano to Trinidad. But about Trinidad I will report next year, if we were there.

    Carneval Carupano
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    The Dancing Devil of Yara

    by Schnorf Written Jun 10, 2005

    Thousands tourists and Venezuelan 'devil' worshippers have taken part in a week-long colorful Dancing Devils of Yare spectacle parading through the streets of several villages in the north of the country in a religious pageant which ends in the participants finally surrendering to the forces of good.

    Dancing Devil
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    Cigar 'Factory'

    by amapola66 Updated May 30, 2005

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    The Opera Singer and I took a road trip. We drove from north west Paraguana, via Caracas to Cumana on the east side. While there, the Opera Singer took me to a place of great importance in his life - the little cigar factory where they hand roll Cuban cigar tobaco leaves and make the finest cigars for cigar lovers.

    Pictured, one of the ladies that work at this little factory, which is in reality, a largish house. Fascinating.

    The Art of Fine Cigar Rolling
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    Venezuelans and Whiskey!

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    Much to my amusement (as I was brought up in the UK and a Whiskey drinker) - When I go out with my family for a special occasion in Venezuela, no-one is asked what they would like to drink.

    Iced glasses are brought, along with a few large buckets of ice, and then a waiter usually follows shortly after with a large, (or often, two large) bottle(s) of Whiskey.

    It is drunk with iced water like wine (I think a decent wine is rather expensive) and usually followed by a bout of sexy dancing.

    The favoured brand, seems to be Jonny Walkers, but my Papa assures me he is currently stocking up on Irish Whiskey ready for the forthcoming family reunion.

    As the salutation goes -
    "Parriba, Pabajo, Pal centro, y Padentro"

    (Thanks for reminding me, Carolina)

    There's Whiskey in the Jar (O) !
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    Freedom of Religion

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    Freedom of religion in Venezuela is guaranteed by the constitution. However, 90% of the population are Roman Catholic.

    Although most people are Catholic, they aren't necessarily big church goers. Religion is very much practised in the home and is mixed up with the adoration and worship of regional patron saints (that are not necessarily recognised by the church), native tribal beliefs and superstition, and even pinches of voodoo. In general, Venezuelans are quite a devoted and faithful race.

    Venezuela is a very religiously tolerant country

    Reigious Figures on the Rocks at Morrocoy Jesus on the rocks! Our Lady
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    They Ate What??!!

    by amapola66 Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    When I was a baby, I lived in Maturin with my Mum, Dad, Grandparents and assorted Aunts and Uncles (8 actually).

    I was taken there from London, soon after my birth, (propella plane all the way) by my parents for my Baptism and to meet the rest of my Venezuelan family.

    So I am told (naturally, I can't remember) we all piled into a large car and made a long journey. Mum can't remember where to exactly, but it was on the coast and the intention was to buy something 'muy especial' for a feast in honour of this special occasion. On arrival, it became clear to my Mum, that the special dish planned for later, was alive and kickin' and in fact an Iguana which travelled all the way back to Maturin under HER seat in the car (he he ).

    (And they wonder why I ended up semi vegetarian!)

    The poor thing was killed, it's stomach slit and eggs removed. Supposedly a delicacy in those times, these were eaten as a starter, followed by poor old Iggy as the main course. (Apparently, it was 'a little tough and a bit like Chicken').

    Oh yeah, and it 's supposed to have nutritive and aphrodisiac powers.

    Hmmm - can't say I will be hoping for that honour again on this trip (and I hasten to add, I have not seen the eating of Iguanas practised in Venezuela since).

    Iguana (Stew?)
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    Indecision, not a problem in Venezuela: Tin Marin

    by manuelEB Written Feb 17, 2005

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    All kids in Venezuela, excepting those that live there but would prefer to live in a different place and play other games due to their parents lack of attachement to the country, ..I was saying, all kids in Venezuela know that difficult decisions can be solved by singing a song and tapping (or just finger pointing) the number of things to be choosen. Example: In front of you you have thrre delisiouso pieces of cake wth different flavors -but all of them equally delicious- : What to do?(Lenin).
    It is very simple! You sing: Tin-marin. Each word of the song corresponds to a slot?) for every item and you repeat the count as many times is necessary. The song could be as long as the kid want to sing and the rest of kids are willing to wait. A compromise. The choosen item for the singing kid will be the one on which the last word of the song is said.
    The "lyrics" of the very short version that I remember goes:
    Tin marin de dos pirigue
    cuca ramamacara que titere fue.
    Todas las almas piden perdon
    menos la tuya peroo cagon
    Sota caballo y rey
    rosa, rosita y clavel
    orejas del buey.

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    The secret of Maria Louisa

    by Luchonda Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Maybe a guidance from witch you may benefit, or definatly your health
    HAVE AN AFRODISIAC called Levanton Andino - homemade and with a lot of ingredients like :
    Frutas, mélon, lechoza, nestum (babyfood),
    leche, brandy, vino sanson, 2 licores secretos and at last ingredient:
    OJOS DE TORO

    Afrodisiac

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    Plaza Simon Bolivar

    by Luchonda Written Jan 8, 2005

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    In every city, even village you will find a statue
    of the great "liberator" Simon Bolivar and this next or near a church or cathedral.
    Born on the 24th of july in 1783 he was the liberator of many South American countries like Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia
    He died in 1830 - only 47 year young.

    Statue S.Bolivar
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    Bolas Criollas

    by ezaguryk Written Dec 4, 2004

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    The "Bolas Criollas" is a very popular game in Venezuela in which great balls to a small ball called "Mingo" are due to bring closer;

    In Venezuela game it is play in a earth field (Canch´e Balls), typically delimited by trunks of Palms. 4 balls of a color and 4 of another one are used (green and typically red) and the usual Mingo.

    How to play? From a side of the field, one of the players sends “mingo” towards the opposite side. A team sends his first ball trying to be the closest possible thing to the Mingo; immediately afterwards the opposite Team does the same. The team that is his balls are more close to the Mingo, will be the one that "Have the control" Team to play until happening to the control or finishing his four balls.

    Once both team plays their four balls, it is come to count how many balls of the each team are more near to the Mingo, accumulated points until the first team in arriving at 15 points declares winner and, typically the team that loose is in charge to buy the beers.

    Bolas crillas
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    Referendum : a probe of real democracy!!

    by manuelEB Written Jul 24, 2004

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    A democracy is a form of government in which the people, either directly or indirectly, take part in governing. However, the term is also sometimes used as a measurement of how much influence a people has over their government, as in how much democracy exists. The word democracy originates from the Greek "demos" meaning "the people" and "kratein" meaning "to rule" or "the people to rule" which meant literally: "Rule by the People."

    A modern democracy implies certain rights for citizens:

    * right to elect government through free and fair elections
    * freedom of speech
    * the rule of law
    * human rights
    * freedom of assembly
    * freedom from discrimination

    Verbatim form the web. But at least, i say it!!!. (-;

    My people
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    Coffee

    by Jacana Written May 29, 2004

    We call it cafe with an accent on the "e".
    You can get good, strong coffee pretty much everywhere, but don't be expecting those 1/2 liter cups you get at some countries.

    The basics:
    SIZE: you have two sizes, big (grande) and small (pequeýo)
    COLOR: negro (black), marron (brown) and con leche (with milk). The last two can come in dark (oscuro) and light (claro). But "marron claro" is not the same as "con leche oscuro". You also have a "tetero" which is mainly milk with just a drop of coffee, and "guayoyo" which is black coffee but not very strong, sort of watery.

    You don't get to choose between 17 different kinds of milk, there's just plain, regular milk.

    There are some fancy places where you can ask for whipped cream on top, or cinnamon, or cocoa powder or whatever.

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    Soup etiquette in Venezuela (-;

    by manuelEB Written May 6, 2004

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    Confucius
    Answer: Soup etiquette in Venezuela
    Thursday May 6 15:42:59 2004 JST

    A: "...you should always dip the spoon into the soup until it is about two-thirds full, then sip the liquid and never put the whole spoon into your mouth."

    (from a web site on table manners in Venezuela)

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    Nacimiento...

    by cucaracha Written Apr 19, 2004

    During Christmas times in Venezuelan houses it is very common to make a ?Nacimiento? which is a representation of the cave where Jesus Christ was born plus a few houses, farmers, and animals and plants, etc. People can be very creative when making these ?Nacimientos??

    Additionally the baby Jesus is not put in there until the midnight of the night from the 24th to the 25th of December, which is the time when he was born. At this time the gifts are also shared among the family members.

    Nacimiento

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