Customs and traditions
Traditions, celebrations and customs on the
Cape Verde Islands are characterized by the mixed
African and European origins of the population.
Christian traditions dominate here, but elements of
traditional African customs and customs are found. Cape
values strongly identify with the culture of their
special island. Generally speaking, Cape values from
the northern part of the island (barlavento)
are more Portuguese influenced, while the country's
southern islands (sotavento) are more
culturally linked to the African continent.
It is common for cutting values to live in large
families with several generations represented in the
household. The children are often raised by several
different adult relatives. In many households, in
practice, women are single, as men work abroad to
provide for the family.
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Cape values are usually described as generous and
hospitable. Even in poor families, it is customary to
offer food when you have guests. Eating with other
people present without sharing the food is considered
unfair, so in Cape Verde you don't usually eat out on
the street or on a bus.
When Cape values talk to others, they often get
closer to their interlocutor than what Northern
Europeans are used to. It is also not uncommon to touch
the person you are talking to or take the person's hand.
This applies to both women and men. When greeting each
other, it is common with both handshakes and cheek
kisses, and you should ask each other some polite
questions of the type "how is your family?". This is
repeated every time you meet.
As many Cape values live abroad for a period of
their lives, "farewell" and "welcome home" parties are
common and important. Even funerals tend to be big
events with many people present. The mourners are
mourning for a year after the funeral and are then not
allowed to dance or play music.
Maize is the staple food for most capwoods. The
national dish cachupa is a pot made from corn
porridge, beans, vegetables and chicken, pork or fish.
Other typical Cape Verdean dishes are conj (a
soup), djagacida (chicken dish with rice) and
gufong (corn bread). Common foods include
tropical fruits, rice, beans, fish, potatoes and
cassava. For breakfast, cuscus (a steamed corn
bread) is often eaten with honey and milk or coffee.
Cape Verde usually consumes the biggest meal in the
middle of the day and eats a lighter evening meal. A
kind of local rum is popular, especially among men.
The vast majority of Cape Verde dress is Western.
Women sometimes wear panos (a fabric strip) as
Since Cape Verde is a Christian country, all the
usual Christian holidays are celebrated, such as
Christmas, Easter and all Saints' Day. In addition, each
city or municipality has a special day when one observes
their own patron saint with a party. January 20 is
National Heroes Day, while January 25 is celebrated in
memory of Amilcar Cabral, who was one of Cape Verde's
independence heroes. Independence Day falls on July 5.
Workers' Day (May 1) and New Year's Day (January 1) are
also red days in Cape Verde.
There are regular ferry trips between most of
the Cape Verde Islands and now there are regular ferry
services to Portugal, Spain, Northern Europe, Brazil and
the African mainland. The main ports are Porto Grande in
Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, Praia on São Tiago
and Palmeira on Sal.
The road network comprises about 225 km, of which 175
km has paving (usually paving stones). A comprehensive
expansion of the road system is underway with the help
Improvements and expansion of air traffic are also
ongoing. The international airport on the island of Sal
handles just over half a million passengers a year, but
has far greater capacity than that. Many aircraft on
their way from southern Africa to the United States land
at Sal to refuel. An international airport is also
located outside Praia. The airports at São Vicente and
Boa Vista have also been rebuilt to accommodate
international traffic. On other inhabited islands there
are smaller airports.
A number of international companies fly to Cape
Verde. The country's own airline TACV has several
international connections. There is also a small,
private company for traffic within the country.