Culture & Identity of Honduras
WARNING: Violence is common in Honduras,
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Life in Honduras is fairly diverse, but is heavily influenced by the urban-rural
divide. Nearly half the people live in urban environments and the other half are
in more rural areas, many of whom are farmers.
Much of Honduras's culture is rooted in their past, much of which is based on
the rural life and farming. Even today about 40% of the working population is employed
in agriculture. For these people the way of life is heavily based on this occupation
as days are determined by the sun, the weather, and the seasons. During busy seasons
it often becomes a family affair as much help is needed.
For many others the daily way of life seems to be based on a work schedule with
a bit more consistency. For many people working the industrial or services sectors
hours tend to be more regulated by the clock, not the weather. Most businesses and
shops are open from about 9:00 am to about 5:00 pm and many people also work Saturday
Sundays are generally a day off, unless farm work needs to get done. Many families
attend church this day and may spend the afternoon socializing with other church-goers
or spend time with family in the home.