Customs and traditions
The opposition to the United States unites
the Hondurans, while the country is strongly
Americanized and most Hondurans have family in the
United States. Also, the different indigenous peoples
and the Garífuna people in the north are welded together
in the nickname and love of the United States.
The Honduran nickname for themselves is catracho,
which comes from General Florencio Xatruch who led the
Honduran forces against the American mercenary William
Walker's invasion force in 1856. The nickname is used in
daily speech by ordinary people on the street, in sports
contexts and in politics.
Overview of the capital city of Honduras, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
An inheritance from the Spanish colonial era is the
Honduran view of the family, which plays a central role
throughout society. Sundays are often devoted to the
family, with excursions, communal meals and church
Hondurans are often family-friendly, but assume that
all new acquaintances are addressed to you (usted).
This is especially true in the countryside and with
people who are older. It is difficult to determine when
it is possible to switch to you (vos). The
easiest thing is to wait until the person you are
talking to passes to another person. Children can always
be addressed with you. Eye contact is commonplace in
How to greet
People greet by taking hand and saying buenos
días (good day) or buenas noches (good
evening), depending on the time. Men who greet women and
women who greet each other also give each other a light
cheek kiss. Men who are close to each other can also hug
quickly. In the countryside, people are often less
physical and a light handshake usually suffices, men and
women. In the country, people also greet people they do
not know when they meet on the street. They also happen
to wish a tasty meal (buen provecho) to all
guests when you enter a cafe or restaurant in smaller
Always bring a gift when you are home invited to
someone. It doesn't have to be anything big, but it can
be enough to eat or drink.
Time is a relative concept. Do not expect meetings to
start at the appointed time, but rather from a quarter
or an hour later
Beans and tortillas are staple breakfast, lunch and
dinner. It may in its simplicity constitute a meal, but
most often also includes lightly salted white cheese,
fried bananas, scrambled eggs, rice, root fruit salad
and even cream which can almost be likened to a
sour and thinner variety of sour cream. This is usually
accompanied by chicken, but also with fried meat or
coastal fish. Fruit drinks, soft drinks or weak coffee
are served as drinks. American culture is also
reminiscent of the fact that pizza and burgers are
common dishes in especially the cities. On finer
occasions, it can also be offered at local delicacies
which are dried, at bread dipped in syrup, and
nacatamales, a larger variety of classic
tamales, that is, corn pulp boiled baked in banana
Men usually dress in jeans and shirt or t-shirt. In
the countryside, cowboy hats are common. People with a
little more money in the country also have cowboy boots.
Women often dress in skirts and blouses, but pants are
not uncommon. On more solemn occasions in the larger
cities, wear a multi-suit or a stricter suit, and the
men tie. Since the suit and tie can be warm in a
tropical humid environment, a classic Guayabera is
popular when men dress up. A guayabera is a
short-sleeved shirt, slightly wider and longer than
usual and often with embroidery. It is said to be
originally from Cuba.
Traditions and holidays
Independence Day on September 15 is celebrated in
memory of the Central American states' liberation from
Spain in 1821. It is a free day, but is celebrated
outwardly by politicians with parades and speeches. On
October 12, Columbus's arrival in America is celebrated
in 1492. In recent years, the day has increasingly
become identified with political manifestations against
colonialism and for independence and resistance.
Christmas and New Year are celebrated in the American
way on December 25 and 31, respectively, with Christmas
decorations, Christmas presents, finer meals, parties
Easter week is important and celebrated with
religious parades. As it is a hot and dry time of the
year, many also take this opportunity to visit the sea
and the beach.
International Labor Day May 1 is vacant and often
entails manifestations. Two days later, the arrival of
spring is celebrated, on the day of the Cross. Hondurans
dress cross with flowers and leaves. Shortly thereafter,
the first rains usually fall and the rainy season
The President wants a new foundation
President Porfirio Lobo wants to appoint a Constituent Assembly to rewrite
the Constitution. He invites to a dialogue with both Zelaya and FNRP, but both
decline the invitation.
Honduras on US "top list"
Together with Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Honduras is listed by the United
States on its list of the 20 countries in the world with the largest drug
production and / or drug smuggling in the world.
Strike for raised minimum wages
The National Front for Popular Resistance (FNRP), an umbrella group for
organizations and parties supporting Zelaya, and many private sector employees
are holding a one-day strike across the country to demand a minimum wage
increase of 15 percent.
Increased violence after coup d'état
Violence in Honduras has increased dramatically since the coup. In September,
a member of parliament from the Nationalist Party and the country's Deputy
Director General of the National Transportation Authority are murdered on the
street in the city of La Ceiba. In a factory in the most violent city of San
Pedro Sula, 18 of the employees are killed in a violent attack with firearms.
EU negotiations resume
The EU resumes negotiations with Central America on an association agreement.
Negotiations were halted after the coup in Honduras.
Truth Commission is appointed
Lobo appoints a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, led by Guatemalan Vice
President Eduardo Stein, with the task of investigating the events in connection
with the 2009 coup.
Tax reform hopes to provide new loans
In its first budget, the Lobo government raises spending on health care,
education and national security (police and defense). A tax reform is being
implemented to cover the budget deficit. Among other things, a "solidarity tax"
is introduced on high income from business operations, and taxes on tobacco,
alcohol and new cars were increased. Through this reform, the government hopes
to meet the demands of international lending institutions and thereby gain
access to new loans. The United States resumes aid cooperation with Honduras,
which was frozen in conjunction with the coup.
Lobo forms a unity government
Lobo takes up the post at the end of January. Despite his own majority in the
National Assembly, he sets up a unity government together with the three small
parties Christian Democratic PDC, Social Democratic Pinu and the Left Party UD.
They are given a ministerial post. Zelaya is allowed out of the country and
flies to the Dominican Republic. This is despite the fact that the National
Assembly voted for a general amnesty against political crimes in connection with
the coup, which also includes the militants who threw Zelaya out of the country.