Customs and traditions of Anguilla
Anguilla culture is a brown mixture of British and African traditions. Due to dry climate and practically fruitless soil, the initially small population of the islands experienced certain difficulties with food, traditionally turning their hopes for the sea and shipbuilding. Until now, the islanders are prone to regits and fishing, which is also reflected in traditional sports, and in the kitchen, and in everyday customs.
Residents of Anguilla are extremely proud of their island. Many centuries they fought with British dominion, in the end, almost peacefully won the status of the British foreign territory. It is enough to say that the soldiers of the building of the Royal Marine Corps, landed on the island to suppress the uprising of 1969, were extremely surprised, having met the fierce resistance, which the islanders met an attempt to landing Saint Kitts troops, and a warm welcome from the local residents who considered them delight from An imposed Great Britain (Public Consciousness Paradox) Status of the Administrative Unit of Joint Saint Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. In addition, residents of Anguilla almost deservedly consider themselves the best sailors in the entire Caribbean, and their status of the best fishermen is ready to support always and everywhere.
British influence noticeably in all spheres of public life – the work schedule is exactly copied by British, English is distributed throughout, the favorite sports are yachting, golf and cricket, and Sunday service, public debate or traditional "File-Clap" (or Pint beer in a local pub) – the same "Holy traditions", as in the UK. And at the same time, many islanders give preference to Roma, not whiskey or gin, adore food-seasoned with different spices, absolutely alien to British soforing, more traveling in their character to the French-Yuzhan than on residents "Misty Albiona".
African influence is easily traced here in the phenotype and the lifestyle of the islanders. Many residents of Anguilla Black, Karglase and low growth. Musical and dance traditions are clearly borrowed from the cultures of African peoples, and the entire folklore is a wild mix of European knightly ballads and legends of African animistic cults. Especially great influence of the music of African origin, type "Reggae" or "calypso", as well as rhythmic dance messs, which are among the average between the states and the ritual anthems of the peoples of West Africa. Some African motifs penetrated into local beliefs – even the holy christians are sacred in the signs and the power of various local deities, first of all – the Spirit of the Sea, which is asked for the favor before each fishing or race.
Locals are open and friendly. The generally accepted traditions include a polite greeting of people outside, even if they are unfamiliar with each other. Casual clothes are acceptable in most places in the afternoon, but completely unacceptable in the evening and at official events. Beachwear, to which there are topics and shorts, are not allowed outside the beaches themselves. To visit almost all hotels and restaurants you need a light suit (day) or a strict evening dress (after sunset) – in many fashionable places without a tie or long dress just do not let. Nudism and topless are prohibited everywhere.
In addition to modern cubic buildings Valley, the prevailing architectural style on Anguilla is "Folk architecture" all kinds and characteristic of the island "Unfinished concrete". Many islanders work abroad and return home only on vacation time to gradually build and relieve their home. From here and many walls without roofs or piles without foundation scattered throughout Anguilla. In the province you can find many structures of the old style, which are simple houses from limestone limestone, covered with iron or tile. The gardens are very small, and those that are, do not hit the imagination of the wealth of plants – the climate and soil here are not very promoted agriculture.
The government seeks to limit the commercialization of the island, so more or less modern conditions for life and commerce are concentrated around the tourist regions. In the inner areas, the atmosphere is quite patriarchal, and the customs are very reminded somewhere in Wales or Sussex.