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Bermudian Culture

The culture of Bermuda features a unique mix of various civilizations. Being a British territory and one of the preferred destinations among the European travelers, the population of Bermuda is multilingual by nature. The Bermudian culture truly reflects the diversity in its population. Spanish-Caribbean, American and African natives of Bermuda Island practice their own cultures. However the national culture mostly presents Anglo-Saxon trend.

Features of the culture of Bermuda
English is the main official language in the Bermudian territory. Among the other popular languages of Bermuda, Portuguese is worth mentioning. This is mainly due to the massive immigration from the Portuguese islands that Bermuda culture essentially retains the essence of Portuguese culture. The British culture also plays a crucial role in influencing the Bermuda Culture.

The Bermuda Islands is not short of entertainment. Bermuda music and Bermuda Gombey dance have their unique style. The cuisines of Bermuda Islands come with rich flavor and taste. The local delicacies are indeed gourmets' delight. Bermuda wedding is a great experience in itself. The natives of Bermuda are accommodative and friendly. Bermuda architecture is an essential part of Bermudian Culture. The architecture typically reflects the cultural variety of the Bermuda Islands.

Traditions in Bermuda
The traditions in Bermuda offer a true mixture of a number of customs and cultures owing to its wide range of population. The Bermudian traditions include Gomboy dance, which is one of the most popular dance forms of the Somer islands of Bermuda.

The Gombey dancers, mainly consisting of African and Caribbean nationals, hail from black families. They take part in some of the special cultural festivals of Bermuda. The word 'Gombey' comes from the African Bantu language that means both rhythm and drum.

Traditions of Bermuda also entail the 67th annual exhibition on agriculture. Bermuda Botanical gardens in Paget parish played host to this very popular three day event held in April every year. The exception was perhaps, only in April 2004, when the event was called-off as hurricane Fabian played havoc in September 2003. The exhibition is depicted on the lines of British style to demonstrate that farming remains well-entrenched with Bermuda's history and heritage.

Unlike remaining months of the year, the Bermuda people intent on going to Botanical Gardens is treated differently. Entry fee is levied for every Bermudian to gain access to the gardens keeping an eye on the exhibition. This practice also goes into the history of Bermudian traditions.

The main highlights of this exhibition are:
  • Horses
  • Cattle along with pigs
  • Goats
  • Food stuffs
  • Vegetables

Apart from these, the culinary arts, handicrafts are also put on display at the annual Exhibition venue to maintain trails of customs of Bermuda.

People of Bermuda
The population of Bermuda contains a rough figure of more than 64,268 of Bermuda people. The population of Bermuda is 64,268. Out of this, 61% are of African descent, 38% of Caucasian descent and a small minority of American Indian descent.

The people of Bermuda speak English, which is their official language. Some people again speak Portuguese due to their ancestry.

The majority of Bermudian people embody Christianity as their religion. About 28 percent of Bermudian people belong to Anglican religion and about 15 percent have their religious belief in Roman Catholic.

On the literacy front, people of Bermuda gain proficiency to read and write from the age of 15 years or above.

Four cities in Bermuda viz. Hamilton- the capital of Bermuda, Bermuda, St Georges and Sandys all are well inhabited by Bermudians.

Bermuda is a land of various ethnic groups and Bermuda people resembles the great example of unity in diversity as cross section of people hail from different clans and ethnicity jell together. While Black comprises 61 percent of total Bermuda population, white and others form 39 percent of the total populace.

Cuisine of Bermuda
Bermudian cuisine is all about imported flavors, hot and spicy delicacies and local sea food. People here love to gorge upon fruits, vegetables and sea food. Bermuda delicacies are largely inspired by English and American cuisine and most of them are imported from overseas basically from USA.

The Traditional Dishes of Bermuda includes: Fruits and Vegetables
  • Peas and Plenty: Black-eyed peas cooked with onions, salt pork and sometimes rice.
  • Hoppin' John: Peas and rice and Pawpaw Casserole is consumed with meat dish or poultry.
  • Treats of Bermuda: Dishes prepared with guavas like Bermuda syllabub.

  • Bermuda fish chowder: Prepared with rock fish and is consumed with sherry and rum along.
  • Hash: Once a favorite platter of Bermuda Cuisine, it is made with shark.
  • Wahoo streak: A recipe of sweet fish wahoo is a delicious menu.
  • Bermuda lobster: Dishes prepared with it are very famous among the locals and is accompanied with high price tag.
  • Mussel pie: A recipe of steamed mussel in papaya, bacon, potatoes, onion, lemon, thyme and curry powder.

  • Rum and Ginger Soda
  • Shandy
  • Shrub

Bermudian Cuisine gives a taste of Bermuda's blended culture and heritage. So Bon Appetit!

Gombey Dance
Gombey dance is one of the rich traditions that people of Bermuda always take pride in. The word Gombey defines both an African drum and rhythm. The drum is made of sheep skin of Bantu origin.

Gombey dance is one of Bermuda's oldest dance traditions. In the Gombey dance, a troupe of highly colorful dancers along with a band of musicians assembles on the streets of Bermuda during holidays mainly at the Christmas time to demonstrate their skills and culture.

Gombey dance demonstrates rhythm. The dance also unleashes occasional glimpses of acrobatic leaps, turns, splits high kicks and deep knee bends.

The analogy of Gombey dance can be drawn with that of a West African tribal dance. The dance represents a plethora of cultures and unleashes cultural nicety to the hilt. Gombey dance in Bermuda first came into its own during 17th century, when slaves from Africa, North America and the Caribbean were brought to Bermuda and shared a helping hand in close cooperation with other brethren of the same status to mold it into what it is today.

Gombey dancers are those individuals, who follow the trail of this heritage pursued by their forefathers. Gombey dance is a custom that is handed down to generations. The generations, in turn, simulate those minute details viz. Technique and musical scores while in action.

Last Updated Date: February 8th, 2018

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