La Dominicana Republica

By: Siena Wand and Adriana Scott

Intro

Looking for a place with beautiful tropical beaches AND great city life? Then you have come to the right place! The Dominican Republic is filled with crystal blue water, incredible sea life and delicious food.

Where is it Located? Population?

La Dominicana Republica is located right in between Hati and Puerto Rico. It is one of the islands in the Carribean Sea which explains its blue water and warm temperatures. Santo Domingo, the capitol of the Dominican was founded in 1496 and has an area of 40.32 square miles. As of 2013, the Dominican Republic has approximately 10.4 million people living in it.

The Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day is one of the biggest traditions in the Dominican Republic. Beginning January 4th of every year and continuing through the 6th, children write letters to the three kings about what gifts they want and put them into a Christmas tree, give them to parents or place them underneath their beds. The next day, kids place things like grass, water and food and place them underneath their bed for the wise men and their camels to eat when they visit them that night. Children on that day will go to bed earlier than normally. Then their parents sneak gifts under their Christmas Tree and beds later that night. The following morning, excitement fills the town. Everyone opens their presents and spends time with the people dearest to them. Three Kings day is basically the Dominican Republic version of Christmas.

Is There Feasting, Dance, or Music on this Day?

The answer is yes! This is a time to sing, dance and be joyous with various family members and friends! Citizens eat dishes such as La Bandera, Sancocho, Batata Frita and many others!

Who's the President?

Danilo Medina is the current president of the Dominican Republic and has been for the past two years. He was born November 10th, 1951 and is currently 63 years of age. He is also a husband and father of three children.

Wrapping it Up!

Overall, we really enjoyed studying and finding facts about this islands history and traditions and hopefully, we'll have he chance to explore the warm beaches, delicious food, and crazy city life that you find in La Dominicana Republica.