About Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic is found in the Hispaniola Islands of the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies two-thirds of the island and shares with Haiti to the west. The country is the second-largest Carribbean nation by area and divided into 31 municipalities. The capital City, Santo Domingo lies on the south side of the island and act as the national official place to make legal decisions and judgements of the country. Most of the Dominicans speaks Spanish and their language has some influences from the African languages and some borrowed words from Carribean languages. Do not be confused when you visit this country as the Dominicans can also speak and understand English. Their patriotism and motivation to use all the abundant blessings of their country makes them one of the best places to discover and visit. The country is lively and continues to make its way to show to the whole world that Dominicans are best and a true inspiration to all.
The Charm of Dominican Republic
1. Name of Dominica RepublicThe Dominican Republic got its name from the word “dominican” from the Latin Dominicus, which means “Sunday” by Santo Domingo de Guzman. The country was formerly known as Santo Domingo, which today is the capital city of the country. The residents were called Dominicans and after they got their freedom it was named “Dominican Republic”. Today, D.R. is used to shorten the country’s name.
2. Flag of the Dominican RepublicThe national symbol status of the Dominican Republic was perfectly designed by Juan Pablo Duarte. The color blue represents liberty, the white cross that extends to the edges and divides the flag into four rectangle means salvation, and the red for the blood of heroes. At the center of the cross, a small coat of arms lies featuring a shield with the flag design and supported by bay laurel and the palm frond. At the top of the shield, a blue ribbon shows the national motto Dios, Patria, Libertad, which means God, Fatherland, Liberty. Below the shield, the words Republica Dominican lies on the red ribbon. The Dominicans devotion and vigorous support for their country not only shows through the national symbol. Their patriotism also proudly shows off to the whole world that it’s one of the best places to eat healthy and nutritious foods.
3. Colorful and Healthy DishThis dish is called the “La Bandera”, which means “ flag” in English. La Bandero is mostly served in almost all of the restaurants found in the country. Due to its simplicity and nutrient booster, it also became a staple in most of the households of the country. La Bandera consists of red beans cooked with herbs and tomato sauce for that strong flavorful taste. To make it a complete balanced-meal, meats like beef, pork or chicken is added. As a side dish, salads are should not go out of the plate; lettuce, tomatoes, garlica, green peppers, parsley, oregano and mints. They perfectly fit their dishes for their love of the country as this colorful vegetables represents their nationality by using its colors. Also, expect plaintains and many beans in their dishes as this will surely give you energy to dance to the beautiful beat of Merengue.
4. Graceful Dance MovementsMerengue is a type of Latin dance and music that came originally from the Dominican Republic and became very popular all throughout the Latin America and the United States because of its lively dancing. There are three types of merengue and the oldest of them is called the Merengue tipico or perico ripiao, which means “ripped parrot”. The other two types are played with a big band and a guitar. The sound of merengue is described as rhythmic and energetic. Accentuating the hips to synchronized playfully with the two beat marching step is one of the ways to dance this popular dance. Men usually wear dark slacks paired with a button down shirt while women wears a colorful, tight fitting and quite revealing clothes to enhance the graceful dance movements of Merengue.
5. Best Organic BananasThe largest producer of bananas worldwide is the Dominican Republic. It’s even exciting as these bananas are organically produced making Dominican Republic supplies almost half of the world’s organic banana production in the export industry. The production of organic bananas usually happens in the Northwest provinces of Valverde, Dabajón, Monte Cristi and in the Southern provinces of Azua and Barahona. The Dominicans consumed this in several ways like using it as a side dish for their traditional food. Bananas can also be eaten through processing it as an ice cream, liquer and used as main ingredients for breads and drinks.
6. Inspiration for the Country’s SuccessThe Dominican youngsters especially boys being involved in Baseball is one of the pride of the Dominicans. It gives hope for the future generation to excel and a way to improve their lives. In fact, the country has produced several best players in the field of baseball namely; Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Pedro Martines, Sammy Sosa and Miguel Tejada. The Dominican Republic is the second-highest number of baseball players in the Major League of Baseball and has won the Baseball World Cup. It has been the country’s favorite sport that shows unity and love for their country. If you’re not too sporty, then watching the Dominicans play this fabulous sport is one way to understand the culture of the Dominicans and explore their dreams.