Central African Republic

Culture of Central African Republic

The People

The main languages are Sango and French, but some ethnic groups have there own language. Central Africans stay clean and well dressed. They practice many religions and about half of the population is Christian. Central Africans are kind people that treat strangers like friends.


Hand shakes are used for formal greeting, and men have an interesting way to informally greet each other. It is common for a person to go to a friends house uninvited. When eating everybody has to sit on the ground or a small stool to eat. Before and after a meal, soap and water are passed around so you can wash your hands.


Parents can arrange some marriages. Older men marry younger women. Lunch is the main meal of the day and dinner is leftovers from lunch. Most boys enjoy soccer more than the other sports. Mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins may all live together.