Customs and traditions
The living patterns of Micronesian village
communities are usually traditional, conservative and
characterized by the Christian faith of the residents.
But customs and customs differ between the different
states and the residents are usually more identified
with the island they live on than with the Micronesia
Federation as a nation.
"Unity in diversity" and "our differences enrich us"
are common expressions to strengthen national identity.
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Nowadays many micronesia live in relatively modern
houses in village communities. In the center of the
villages there is usually a church and a meeting and
assembly house. Social life is still clearly socially
stratified, with some large families having much higher
status than the others. These families are
over-represented in the governments and parliaments of
the country and the states.
It is still common for several generations to live
together in a household, but more and more people are
now choosing to live in nuclear families.
Micronesian etiquette rules are used, among other
things, to show respect for people of high status, such
as political and religious leaders or older relatives.
Women traditionally show respect for their spouses by
serving them food first or walking a few steps behind
them out among people.
Usually with strict upholstery
It is not appropriate to show strong feelings in
public and men and women should not be kissed or hugged
so that others see it. However, it is not uncommon for
girlfriends to go hand in hand.
The clothing style outside the cities and tourist
areas is quite strict and women should cover their
shoulders and knees. This also applies to foreign
Inviting and accepting food are important expressions
of hospitality and loyalty between friends and
relatives. The staple foods are taro (root cane),
breadfruit, jams (roots), sweet potato, cassava and
fruits (coconuts, bananas, mangoes, papaya and various
kinds of citrus fruits) and fish. The sea offers about
100 edible fish species, as well as turtles, seafood and
mussels. Pigs and chickens are raised and slaughtered on
more festive occasions.
In recent decades, traditional food has been
increasingly replaced by imported semi-manufactured
products such as canned fish, dried rice, bread,
pancakes and noodles. This carbohydrate-rich diet
signals high status and a modern liver, but has also led
to major problems with overweight and obesity.
Status with plenty of food
Both Christian and secular celebrations and holidays
are celebrated with plenty of food - the more
well-ordered a family the more food. The table location
usually indicates the individual's status and
high-ranking family members are often served first. In
addition to the usual Christian feasts, harvest
celebrations are also celebrated.
Micronesia generally marries the person of their
choice, but social status, property and family
affiliation are nevertheless weighed into the marriage
case. The wedding is celebrated with food and gifts.
Divorce is allowed but unusual if the couple has
children. Funerals are major events, but the performance
differs from archipelago to archipelago. It is not
uncommon for funeral rites to last for several days and
in some places the grieving period lasts for several
months for the immediate family members.
National holidays are New Year's Day, Good Friday (in
Pohnpei only), Micronesian Culture and Tradition Day
(March 30), Constitution Day (May 10), UN Day (October
24), Independence Day (November 2), War Veterans Day
(November 12), Thanksgiving Day (only in Chuuk, November
28) and Christmas Day. In addition to these, the four
states have their own special holidays.