Paraguay

By : DeAndre Glasper Period 3

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Land and Climate

Paraguay is a landlocked country that has very few high altitude land. Paraguay is a mostly humid and warm country. It has rivers crossing through out the country. The Paraguay River is a major river that divides the country into 2 regions: Occidental Paraguay or The Chaco and Oriental Paraguay or Eastern Paraguay. The Chaco is marshy and mostly wetlands near the Paraguay River. The Chaco usually has dry winters leaving behind salty marshes. Paraguay Oriental's eastern part is occupied by Parana Plateau. Paraguay Oriental is mostly grass plains and hills. Eastern Paraguay usually receives 50-65 inches of rain annually. The Chaco usually receives 20-40 inches of rain annually. Paraguay usually has winter droughts and summer floods.

Food

Meat and poultry plays a pretty big role in the Paraguayan diet, mainly beef but they also eat pork dishes too. Some important dishes are sopa Paraguaya, empanadas, chipa, and puchero. In addition, Paraguayans usually drink cocido (maté) for breakfast along with rolls, pastries, or bread and margarine. Afterwards, Paraguayans eat lunch (the main meal) about midday and then eat dinner usually when work is finished later on. At any rate, even some families grow small gardens and tomatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, squash, watermelon, cabbage, etc and fruit is usually provided by surrounding plants.

Traditional Foods

Recreation

Recreational activities includes tennis, basketball, and more commonly known in Paraguay, volleyball. However, Soccer is the most popular sport in the country. On the other hand, going to the movies, theater, and other events are usually preferred by urban people. Local radio broadcasts, sports, soap operas, movies and the news are popular and very well-known among most households.

General Attitudes

Paraguayans are often proud of being a Paraguayan. Drinking yerba (herbal) tea, speaking

Guarani, and eating mandioca (cavassa) are the 3 aspects that describe their culture. Also, Paraguayan society is very traditional desiring tranquility and valuing large families, money, property, beauty, virility, and status. Paraguayans can be very welcoming however, the population lacks interactions with diverse groups and people.

Language

Spanish and Guarani are the 2 official languages of Paraguay and are often mixed together. Guarani is an indigenous language that originated from the Tupi people. Spanish is the more formal language while Guarani is very commonly known. However, Paraguay's Spanish is called Castellano (Castilian) instead of Español. Despite not being the country's official language Portuguese is often spoken on the Brazilian border.