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Click play to listen to Ecuador's National Anthem.






Ecuador's culture is a blend of many different cultures. There were many indigenous groups that lived in the area that is now known as Ecuador when the Spanish invaded in the 1500's A.D. The cultures of these groups have blended not only with each other, but also with the Spanish and other cultures that have come to the area (Culture in Ecuador, 2010).


Societal Expectations

"The Ecuadorians have a distinctive type of dress code. The men and especially the woman in each region of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands can be easily identified by their dress as it is displays specific cultural diversities that are characteristic of that particular region. A major aspect of Indian identity is present in Ecuador. People that are familiar with the native dress can often tell roughly where an Indian is from, based on what they wear (Culture in Ecuador, 2010)."

Click here to learn more about the traditional dress in Ecuador.
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Traditional Dress
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Traditional Quechua School Dress





















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Traditional Embroidered Dress



These are only a few examples of the many different traditional outfits of the people of Ecuador.


Language

Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
Ecuadorians sometimes mix different languages to form their own lingo.

Education

In urban areas, literacy is very high. However, in rural areas, children do not always have access to schools in which instruction is taught in their native language. For this reason, literacy in rural areas is much lower. There is a strong push for better education in Ecuador, and education in urban areas is comparable to education in the United States (Education in Ecuador, 2010).



National Holidays

May 24 Independence Day
November 1 All Saints' Day
November 2 All Souls Day



Music

The Ecuadorians are especially fond of their marimba music, but they have many other popular styles of music as well.
Here is a sample of some of Ecuador's most popular music.











These children's songs are also a sample of Ecuador's musical traditions.


Food

Soup is a very popular cuisine in Ecuador, and there are many varieties throughout the different regions. These include coastal fish and coconut milk chowders, sierran potato–based soups, and Amazonian pepper–pot dishes, as well as chicken consommé, cream of avocado, and cow's foot and tripe soup (Culture of Ecuador, 2010).

Read more: Culture of Ecuador - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, immigrants, population, religion, rituals, History and ethnic relations


Sports


Soccer (or football) is known as the national sport because it is so popular in Ecuador (Sports in Ecuador, 2010).

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Ecuador's Soccer Team