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General

The wealth of cultural expression in Honduras owes its origins primarily to being a part of Latin America but also to the multi-ethnic nature of the country. The population comprises 90% Mestizo, 7% Amerindian, 2% Black and 1% Caucasian. This influences all aspects of the culture: customs, practices, ways of dressing, religion, rituals, codes and norms of behaviour and belief systems.

Arts & Literature

The most renowned Honduran painter is Jose Antonio Velásquez. Other important painters include Carlos Garay, and Roque Zelaya. Two of Honduras' most notable writers are Froylan Turcios and Ramón Amaya Amador. Others include Marco Antonio Rosa, Roberto Sosa, Lucila Gamero de Medina, Eduardo Bähr, Amanda Castro, Javier Abril Espinoza, Teófilo Trejo, and Roberto Quesada. Some of Honduras' notable musicians include Rafael Coello Ramos, Lidia Handal, Victoriano Lopez, Guillermo Anderson, Victor Donaire, Francisco Carranza and Camilo Rivera Guevara.

Music

Some of the most notable Honduran musicians include: Rafael Coello Ramos, Lidia Handal, Victoriano López, Guillermo Anderson, Victor Donaire, Francisco Carranza, Camilo Rivera Guevara, Moisés Canelo, among others.

At the internationally level stood out, the musical group: Banda Blanca with their hits "Soup of Caracol", "Fiesta", "Do you Know Who Came?", among many others. Although the group produces merengueros rhythms, the calypso and other Caribbean rhythms, their specialty is the rhythm 'Punta', which they popularised during the 1990s.

All of Banda Blanca's took them to participate in several festivals such as: The Carnival of 8th Street of Miami, Carnival of Broadway Street, Los Angeles, California; Carnival of Acapulco, Mexico; Carnival of Barranquilla, Colombia; Carnival of Tenerife, Spain; Festival of Jazz Aruba and many more.

Other musical groups include: The Professionals, The Gran Banda, The Rolands, the rocker group Black Devils, Trilogy, etc. They stood out nationally and some of them internationally.

Festivities

Hondurans celebrate national holidays and events in their town in the form of carnivals, fairs and parades throughout the entire year. For instance, 'The Isidra Fair' of La Ceiba is an event that lasts one week, with music, exhibitions and special food, culminating in the most popular carnival of the country: 'The Carnival of Friendship'.

The Hondurans also celebrate the 'June Fair' or Feria Juniana of San Pedro Sula. This fair differs from others because it includes different musical concerts, performed throughout the week. Visitors can also attend sporting events, as well as a variety of exhibitions.

Another important fair is the one held in Puerto Cortés during the month of August. This is different from other Honduran fairs because it resembles the city of Venice, with its parades of gondolas and boats in Puerto Cortés' bay. Visitors can appreciate from anywhere in the city the amazing fireworks launched from the boats.

The most popular official day celebrated in Honduras is Independence Day on September 15. What makes this commemoration special are the parade of the schools and colleges that take place all over the country. In these, some of the biggest companies participate, adorning the parades with chariots of many types.
Honduras, being a predominantly Catholic country, gives special attention to the celebrations of Holy Week. In some regions of the country, such as Comayagua, Choluteca, Copán and Intibucá among others, processions are held, especially during Thursday and Good Friday. Through these events, Hondurans commemorate the sacrifice they believe Jesus Christ made for humanity. Some people – particularly the inhabitants of the North and South Coast – use this opportunity to visit beaches, rivers and swimming pools, due to the stifling heat that reigns during this time of the year.

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