Customs and traditions
Grenada is characterized by its
Franco-British background. For example, a majority of
the population is Catholic and many geographical names
are French, while the school system is British and the
most popular sport is cricket. To this is added the
influence of the rest of the Caribbean and traditions
that the black slaves brought from West Africa, not
least in the field of music. In recent years, many
well-to-do Britons and North Americans also settled on
Grenada and brought new habits with them.
However, Grenada is still a fairly conservative
society: religion plays a big role and on Sundays is
very closed. Gay relationships between men are
prohibited by law. Although more and more women work
outside the home, they are expected to take care of
children and households, while the men after work are
happy to meet at any room shop.
Overview of the capital city of Grenada, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
The Grenadians are often perceived as friendly and
hospitable, and are very proud of their country (like
when Kirani James won the Olympic gold in the men's 400
meters in London 2012). It is considered important to
greet those you meet, including strangers.
What you eat
The basis of the diet is bread, rice and peas, fruits
and vegetables. Most food is richly flavored with local
spices. For breakfast, you are happy to drink cocoa,
made on cocoa and spices. For lunch it is usually with a
bake (a fried "hamburger bread" with, for example,
salted fish and vegetables), or a roti (a kind of thin
bread with meat and vegetable filling). The national
dish is oil down, various local vegetables cooked in
coconut milk, possibly with a little chicken or pork.
Fish and chicken are relatively inexpensive and
ordinary, while such things as ham and finer meat are
mainly saved for festive occasions such as Christmas
celebrations. Grenada brews its own beer (Carib Beer)
and produces its own rum (Jack Iron Rum).
Symbols and holidays
Grenada's flag consists of two yellow triangles (top
and bottom), two light green triangles (right and left)
- all bordered by a red border with six yellow stars; on
a red round in the middle of the flag is another yellow
star. The stars symbolize Grenada's seven administrative
parts and in one of the light green triangles there is
the national symbol of nutmeg. The yellow symbolizes the
sun, the green vegetation and the red unity.
National Day is celebrated on February 7, the date
when the country became independent. Other holidays that
are celebrated include Christmas and New Year, Easter,
May 1st, Pentecost, Carnival and Thanksgiving /
The road network comprises just over a
hundred miles of relatively good standards, but the
roads are often narrow and curvy. The general transport
system is largely transported by minibuses. Grenada has
left traffic. The largest port is in Saint George's and
can accommodate larger vessels. Smaller ports are also
found in Grenville and on the island of Carriacou. The
airport, Maurice Bishop
International Airport south of
the capital, receives international traffic.