The South American country of Chile has already established a refreshing and colorful cultural background because the first settlers set foot on this country over 10,000 years ago. From the ancient Incas and Native Americans for the Spaniards and French, these civilizations left an impact on the culture of Chile.
Chile takes pride in its cultural heritage and lays great emphasis in the fine arts. Although spanish is the country's official language, several native languages remain spoken in certain parts. The most unique linguistic minority group is Rapa Nui, a Polynesian dialect spoken on Easter Island.
Over 90% of the Chilean habitants are Roman Catholic. This is clearly visible with the magnificent colonial churches and roadside shrines which can be found all through the nation.
Chile has the richest resources of a good literature in
Latin America. The country is noticeably for the poetry. Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral are two Chileans that have received a Nobel Prize in Literature for masterful be employed in the joy of poetry. It is no wonder the locals call their country “Pais de Poetas” or “Land of Poets”.
Chile has rich culture and that can be visible through its folk music and dance. “Cuenca” is the most popular dance, depicting conquest and submission. There are festivals all through the year, commemorating different episodes from Chile´s history.
There are several institutions throughout Chile specialized in promoting arts. The Palace of Fine Arts, the National Library, the National Ballet and various orchestras and theaters all encourage the continuing development of these arts.
Sports really are a major part of the culture of Chile. Soccer is the most popular sport, tennis, skiing and racing also is becoming popular.
From folk music and dance to its own unique cuisine and wines, leave a visitor spellbound of the culture of Chile.
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