Culture of Chad

The People

Chad does not have one specific or over-dominate ethnic group and has a population of over 9.5 million. The official languages of Chad are French and Classical Arabic. There are many different religions in Chad including Islam and Christianity, which over 75% of the people are. Chadians (The people of Chad) are generally kind, friendly, and generous. They avoid arguing and fighting, have a very good sense of humor, and would rather endure many hardships than be dubbed selfish or arrogant.
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Customs and Courtisies

In Chad, greetings are important. When meeting with people, it is customary to shake hands with everybody. If there is a large group, you must only say 'Lale'. People in Chad let you know they are there by clapping loudly outside of your front door. Chadians like to visit their relatives and friends often. They eat a small breakfast, a large lunch, and a small dinner.
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In Chad, the man in the family lives in a tent or hut separate from his wife(s) and children. There are many arranged marriages in Chad. Women are usually in their teens an men are usually in their twenties when they marry. Chad's national food is Boule. It is a heavy porridge formed into a ball, and dipped in sauce. Soccer and basketball are popular past-times in Chad. Chadians celebrate holidays such as New Year's Eve, National Women's Day, and Labor Day. Souq, or open air markets are very common in cities while in rural areas, there are many different bartering and(or) trading deals that occur.

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In Chad, they have a president who is the head of state and is elected for a 5-year term. The Prime Minister is the head of the government and is appointed by the president. This type of governent is called a Presidential Rebublic. Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. Chad's educational system is based off of the French educational system. It starts with first grade and continues into what would be our second year of college. Chadians are ailed by many illnesses such as AIDS, malaria, measles, meningitis, and diarrhea. They have poor doctors and medical treatments also.
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