By Ashley Hogan
Chile's flag is a red, white and blue banner with a white star. The blue square in the upper left corner of the flag represents the sky, the white stripe represents the snow of the Andes mountains, and the red symbolizes the blood that was spilled fighting for freedom.
Chile National anthem English lyrics
There are about 16 million people in Chile. They all are European & Native American.
The National flower
The copihue is the national flower.
The worlds smallest deer, the Pudu is 15cm.
The largest bird is the Rhea, a small ostrich.
The air is unusually cool. The air is warmed by heat rising from the ground. There is very little rain, desert areas are dry, sometimes so dry that nothing seems to be living. Four months in Chile have average high temperatures of greater than 80 degrees F. The warmest month of the year is January, which features an average high temperature of 86 degrees. December, February and March also all have average high temperatures of greater than 80 degrees. Santiago pulls an average of 261.6 mm of rainfall per year, or 21.8 mm per month. The driest weather is in January. The wettest weather is in July.
Land and Landscape
There are peaks over 6,000m high. There are at least a dozen volcanoes over 6,000m high. Also there are lots of desert lands. Canopy forests are popular.
90% percent of Chile's people live in the central region. Potery making is popular. More than one out of every three Chileans lives in the Santiago metropolitan region. Children live with parents until they are married. School work is important to students and teachers. The mother in the house makes decisions, takes care of children and father, and stays home. The father of the family is the head of houshold, has Jobs, and makes money for his family. Sometimes they have a Nanny, she takes care of children when mother is gone. The girls work inside with the mother. The boys go outside with the father and help him.
Dating and Marriage
Almost everyone meet through friends or at school. When people go on dates they usually go to movies, go out to eat, or go dancing. Teen pregnacy is common. Men tend to marry between the ages of 22 and 27, while women marry between ages 18 and 23. Couples often date from one to three years before getting engaged. Only parents, siblings, and the closest of friends attend to weddings. Almost every wedding involves a horse.
Wealthy people live in Santiago on large ranches, Poor people live in cardboard and pine board houses. Lunch is the larger meal of the day in Chile. Traditional lunch foods include cazuela, a clear broth made with rice, potatoes, corn and meat. Pastel de choclo, a corn casserole made with meat, olives and vegetables, is a popular lunch summer dish. Some Jobs are, health workers, teachers, government and domestic employees. Women take care of the house.
Art, Language and Religion
Chile is best known for poetry. Poetry is popular. Play guitar, piano, harp, and rabel. Certain Dances are popular. European music and art are popular. 84% are Christian faith. 67% belong to Roman Catholic Church. Church is more common on holidays. Spanish is the official language. Some words in spanish in other parts of the country sometimes do not mean the same. A Polynesian dialect called Pascuense, or Rapa Nui, is spoken on Easter Island.
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