Paraguay Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Local Customs
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Jesuit footprints in the area
    Jesuit footprints in the area
    by DSwede

Paraguay Local Customs

  • National Flower - Passion Flower

    The national flower of Paraguay is the passion flower. Also known as the mburucuyá or maypop. Some people's gardens may have them, but also if you are lucky, you may find some of them in the wild too. I found them occasionally in better maintained city gardens, but also on some of the private fence/walls of some residences and offices. They are not...

  • Road Paving Stones

    I could have easily put this under "transportation" topic, but I feel it is more of a local custom instead.The stones from Cerro Koi [for information on Cerro Koi, read my Aregua page] had been used for years, mostly as paving stones for the roads. While driving on the residential and smaller roads in Paraguay, you'll quickly know which came from...

  • South American Peace Pipe?

    Guarana is very popular among people of Paraguay especially those who need a healthy, but very energetic drink to cope with intense physical and intellectual activity. With Brazil being a much larger and more prosperous country, guarana is often considered to be of Brazilian origin. Actually the word "guarana" is derived from the Guarani indian...

  • Guarani Women

    their culture and history, for that matter the whole of the tribe of Guarani's, is highlighted by the brazilian Composer Antonio Carlos Gomes, in his romantic Opera:O Guaranimore info on the Guarani tribe..

  • Uriniation outside

    So normally I would not put up a graphic photo like this, but I found it wholy ironic considering the sign. Unfortunately, the sign turned out blurry, but I will explain the situation. For a long time, Ciudad del Este had been charging for public restrooms, which led to a large contingency of its populations to simply pee where and when needed. The...

  • Guarani

    Paraguay is the only South American country with two official languages--Spanish and Guarani, the language of the indigenous people. Almost everyone is bilingual and there is a good mix of the two languages in local speech---very difficult to understand for outsiders, but also very beautiful! I saw a lot of bilingual schools and noticed a large...

  • Chipa

    Chipa is a kind of bread with egg and cheese very common in Paraguay. Vendors are found on many corners keeping them warm as long as posible within straw baskets. The one of the picture is taken March 2005 when they tried to bake the longest bread in the world. A Guiness officer confirmed this particular one measured over 25m (about 75-80' )

  • in General...

    Paraquay has always opend its borders for all kinds of immigrants, if I may say so. obvious the arrangments made benefitet both sites.Mennonites, a protestant sect, speaking only german, living in the middle of the Chaco,with they're own farming system & school's and Hospitals.They came from Canada, Soviet Union and the Ukraine..not from Germany as...

  • Mission

    in those days the native Indians where 'confined' to Missions, actually Reservations, like in America, but where mostly run by charities from the churches. basic schooling, healthcare and foodrations where provided.small fields where cultivated by the Indians for Manjoka, Corn and Sojabeans to enhance the basic food supplies

  • Guarani Man

    preparing the Bow, not an easy task, quite a sophisticated trade. the Bow is still used by the Guarani trib in the chaco. birds, monkeys are the prey....a good bow took several mounth to break in

  • Warrior

    the native Chief of the Guarani = Warrior, has great social standing among his people, and as you can see from the picture, he has his pride and knows his roots

  • Terere

    The custom of drinking terere is huge in Paraguay. Terere is basically a cold herbal tea that is drank out of a "guampa", which is a hollowed out bull's horn, through a "bambilla", which is a metal straw that has holes in the bottom to strain the water through the tea leaves. EVERYONE in Paraguay drinks Terere. Most people walk around with a medium...

  • Getting Change

    This is tip goes for all countries in South America, but was especially bad in Paraguay. When you have large bills it is very difficult to change them into smaller and more managable bills. Sometimes you will be unable to purchase things because stores will be unable to make change. So my advice is to do exactly what the stores do, small notes are...

  • Paraguayan music and dance

    Paraguay has a distinctive musical tradition, especially of songs and ballads. The music is European in origin. The guitar and native harp (arpa paraguaya) are popular instruments and songs are usually sad and slow. Typical music for dancing, such as the polka and galopa, a variant of which is the bottle dance where performers swing around with a...

  • Maté

    One of the most important products of the country is the so-called Paraguay tea (maté or yerba maté), which is still the largest article of export. It consists of dried leaves of the evergreen maté tree, crushed and slightly roasted, and drawn in boiling water. It is the favorite beverage of the country, and is in fact a very popular beverage...

  • Same thing I say for wherever...

    Same thing I say for wherever one may go- don't look down at the people, look at them, as people. Paraguay is dual-lingual: Spanish and Guarani. Guarani is the language of the home and the heart. See De Niro's movie The Mission, set in Colonial Paraguay. Its real, its powerful! Xe ane qua Miguel-pe. Mbaishipa nde hera?

  • People greet each other with...

    People greet each other with two kisses one on each side. Only for men to woman, or woman to woman. I found it a little bit harder to understand their language, since they mix a lot of guarani in their speech. And never deny drinking mate with the people, its rude. Even though you might think its not too healthy to share the straws!!

  • Paraguayan handicraft

    Paraguayan handicraft is renown especially Ñanduti lace. Ñanduti means in Guaraní language “spider fabric”. These laces are made of fine cotton thread, with combinations of many colours, though the most traditional nanduti is white. Also look out for fine clothing hand woven and hand made, shirts, blouses, tablecloths and napkins. Pottery is also a...

  • We don't usually discuss a...

    We don't usually discuss a country symbol like the Flag as a Cultural tip. This is an exception on my pages, I will when the occasion arises, such as in the case of the Flag of Paraguay. See if you can figure out why this is worth special note. -.-

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