Customs and traditions of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
Despite the omnipresent French influence on the culture and tradition of the islands, viewing practically at every step (the islanders love to repeat that even the soil here is French, for it was brought to the islands in the holds of the courts), well visible here and the traditions of the peoples of the Mediterranean Group (Basque) or more complex And frightened rituals of immigrants from Acade (New Scotland), Norway or the countries of the Pyrenean Peninsula. However, there is nothing surprising – for the century of the coexistence of fishing communities, almost from all edges of the old world, a complex multicultural community has been formed here, where each ethnic group retains the traditions of his homeland, peacefully inspired into common "Gallic background" Islands.
French culture practically dominates the kitchen, language, music, political device and many everyday customs. Although French is official and is used everywhere, many inhabitants of the islands carefully retain their native language, which is especially well noticeable in the names and local toponyms. Often the means of everyday communication serves as a wild mix of French, English, Spanish and Scandinavian languages, richly seasoned with neologisms, whose roots should be sought in American English or Canadian French. However, the local French who own all the inhabitants of the islands, is not much different from its canonical mainland option and more like the language of Normans, Bretons and Parisians. Basis and other subecadical groups in everyday life speak their language, in all the same official cases are used by French. They themselves say that this is because their language is breating to perceive their language (although the inhabitants of Georgia, for example, would hardly agree with them) and make sure that the devil himself taught the Basque whole seven years, but learn only two words – "Yes" ("BAI") and "No" ("EZ").
Residents Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are very good-natured and friend. Their calm and imperturbability have long been in the sayings, but the traditional temperament for Gallic peoples can be seen enough. Love here "chat", accompanying emotional stream of words abundant gesticulation. However, unauthorized people are trying not to demonstrate such behavior – the standard of the local resident is simplicity and generosity of true northerners (although it is just northerners, it is difficult to call them – the islands lie on the breadth of Rostov-on-Don, obliges to oblige). Relationships between people here are built on the basis of respect for the views of the interlocutor and non-interference in privacy, so communication with local residents usually does not cause any problems.
There are no strict norms in relation to clothes, but "Beach View" It is already unlikely for the natural climatic features of the region (although the temperature of the air and water is quite suitable for swimming). On official events can be free to come into fairly unofficial, but tidy clothes, and the islanders themselves are dressed almost the same as the residents of Mainland France. For a foreigner, compliance with local customer standards is not necessary, but it is recommended to not go beyond the fractions – residents of the country are quite conservative.
Relationships between people differ little from those in the metropolis. When meeting friends, hugs and kisses are fully admissible, with strangers, it is customary to greet his hand. In many areas outside the administrative capital, people still greet with each opposite, and often – not at once per day. Relationships in the family are no different from "Continental", Is that more appreciated constancy. But there are practically no beggars or beggars (no one to ask for anyone – everyone knows each other, and the congenital pride of the islanders and their habit of earning their life with their own difficulty obstruct open manifestations of poverty). Customs of mutual assistance are watching still holy. But the relationship between fishing artels is rather colorful and remind the system of relations between medieval master shops – here is tough competition and strict hierarchy, constant competitiveness and its own training system. At the same time, the relationship between members of different artels is emphasized polite, and their competitions are transformed into real mini-holidays of ancient fishing art.