Rylee F, 3rd Period
About East Timor
This isolated beautiful beach is located right of the capitol Dili, this beach is not very popular to tourist because of violence around the capitol.
These green, historic mountains in East Timor are one sight to see.
This beautiful statue is located on the top of a mountain. It's one sight too see!
East Timor a land of Beauty
Geography of East Timor
A tropical cyclone, is a rapidly-rotating storm, in this event there is low pressure, high winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce very heavy rain.
East Timor is mostly covered with mountains. These mountain ranges on this island are covered in green trees and beautiful nature.
East Timor is a tiny island but has a lot going inside of it. The island is also surronded by many other countries and bodies if water.
The People of East Timor
As you can see in all tree pictures everyone is wearing bright clothes, no dull colors.
You will see children playing, smiling and laughing through out East Timor
Music: The roots of East Timorese music is from Indonesia and Portugal, these countries imported music like gamelan and fado. A very popular native dance performed by women who are welcoming men from war is called the likurai dance. You can see this native dance below. Timorese music is mostly about the independence movement. For example a band called "Dili All Stars" made a song that became a anthem in the year of 2000.
Food: The East Timorese love rice. No meal is complete unless there is rice, they eat rice at breakfast, lunch and dinner! Rice is usually eaten with vegetables, they simply boil or put oil on the veggies then serve them. To have meat, that's a luxury the cheaper it is the more is eaten. Fish is very popular in East Timor, but to keep up with protein they eat lots of eggs and tofu. Just like rice chili is added to lots of food, there food is spicy. The East Timorese don't usually buy sweets, this is probably why there bread is very sweet, but home made bread is non-sweet this type of bread is called paun. Some snacks are fried banana strips, nuts, rice and sweet bread and butter. Coffee is a big thing on the island because they make there own!
Appearance: The national dress of East Timor is the sarong which is worn by men and women, a sarong is a long piece of fabric that is wrapped around your waist. This skirt comes in many patterns and bright colors. They dress very neat and modest not showing much. Many people in East Timor are adapting to western clothes. Visitors are asked to follow the western dress code. Which is like pants, t-shirt, short pants, dresses, skirts and other modern clothing. Woman also wear tops kind of like they wear in Indonesia, they also wear skirts and different types of head gears. Women need to be very careful about what they wear in East Timor, be careful not to be very showy or you will be labeled.
Language: Tetum and Portuguese are the official languages but English and Indonesian is also spoken a lot, but there are many other languages that are spoken, some are developing and some are dying. Tetum can be understood mainly anywhere you are in East Timor. 50% of adults (15 and older) can not write and are uneducated.
Religion: Roman Catholic- 98% Muslim-1% Protestant-1%
This is paun, the home made unsweetened bread, this bread is said to be very good and in East Timor they eat very healthy.
This is a sarong which women and men can wear, it worn wrapped around your waist kind of like a skirt or a kilt.
Rice is a cheap and popular food in East Timor. This is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are a visitor you will have to adapt to this food, you may gain a few pounds by consuming so much rice
Top 10 Historical Events of East Timor
9.In 1702 the island was renamed Portuguese Timor, Portugal mainly used the land to dump exile convicts.
8. In 1916 a formal boundary was made between the Dutch (the dutch once ruled West Timor) and the Portuguese side of Timor.
7. In the year of 1942 of February Japan claimed East Timor as there's.
6. Later in 1945 Portugal took back East Timor.
5. In 1974 East Timor was declared a democracy.
4. 1975 East Timor gained there independence.
3. In December of 1975 Indonesia attacked East Timor and they fought for only 6 hours, Jakarta declared the region the 27th Indonesian province. Over the next year 100,000 timorese were massacred by Indonesian troops.
2. Timorese kept fighting and Indonesia with drew in 1998.
1. East Timor joined the UN on September 27 2002
Government of East Timor
Some imports are cars, transporting goods, refined petroleum oil, cement and cigars. There imports mainly come from Indonesia, Australia, China, Portugal, and Thailand. The private sector credit was 10.3% higher in June 2013. This gave them a new high of 165.6 million dollars.