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Culture & Identity of Colombia

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About three quarters of Colombia's population lives in cities, but the rural landscapes, including the mountains and eastern jungles are home to another quarter. This diversity in landscape also dictates the way of life, culture, and even occupations for the people depending on where they are located.

For those with a regular job, such as one in the services industry, in an office, or a factory, the day's schedule is fairly regulated, but for those living in the jungles or mountains, life may revolve more heavily on the land and the weather so every day varies. For those with regular jobs, many wake up as early as 5:30 am to get breakfast then head off to work or school. In most of the cities people tend to take public transportation to get to these places, but in more rural areas bikes are more common as is walking. Work and school generally take a break at about noon for lunch and perhaps a nap. Work picks back up in mid-afternoon and goes until the early evening when most families again unite.

Evenings and weekends are often spent with family as most families gather together for an evening meal. Weekends experience much of the same, although going out with friends (especially for the younger generation) and taking in a meal at a restaurant, going to a bar, or watching a movie are also options, although few people partake in these activities on a regular basis. More common is relaxing and socializing or playing a sport like soccer (football).


How the people identify in Colombia is somewhat disjointed as there are a number of identities, however most people identify as being "Colombian." Despite this single unifying identity, many Colombians also identify with the region or city they are from in addition to identifying as being Colombian. How this national identity is defined is debatable as the only true unifying trait of being Colombian is that a person is a citizen of Colombia.

Due to differences among the regions in Colombia, including differences in accent, food, dress, culture, and lifestyle, there are differences in opinion as to what it means to be "Colombian." Each group seems to want to more narrowly define being Colombian to include their regional fashion, food, or culture, but this excludes other Colombians, many of whom try to define the same term in a vastly different way. Many of the differences in how "Colombian" is defined is due to pride in the people's local regions and their willingness to take what they are proud of and attach it to being Colombian. No matter how an individual seems to define what is Colombian, the people are proud of this identity and strongly identify with it.

This page was last updated: November, 2013