Culture & Identity of Haiti
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Life in Haiti is diverse. From mountains to beaches, from urbanites to rural dwellers,
from the farmers to industrial workers, life in Haiti is diverse. However, the people
generally seem to cling to one identity and often share the same attitude, which
is relaxed and one that welcomes all as friends and family.
The way of life begins with this easy going attitude. Time seems unimportant, as
does much of the material possessions many people strive for, instead family is
the center of the culture and life revolves around family and doing what's best
for one's family, even if that means going to extremes to support their family.
Although the people do share the center of their lives in family, the daily schedule
and way of life differ in many other ways. Nearly half the population lives in rural
areas and of those with jobs, most work in agriculture. For these famers life tends
to be occupied with long days based on the sun, weather, and seasons. During busy
times of the year the whole family helps in the fields, while most down time is
spent in the home with family. Of course many of these people rely on their community
for survival as people come together to celebrate, mourn, or help with a project.