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Traditions & Customs in Venezuela

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Most Venezuelans are unconcerned about racial problems since white or creole people mix in with indigenous and Afro-Venezuelans in daily life (education, living, politics, marriage). As a result, the term “negro” may be used independently of who is saying it or who is being referred to in this manner. Expressions such as “negrito” or “mi negro” are often used as terms of affection. You might hear someone calling a lady “negra,” regardless of her color. In general, Afro-Venezuelans do not find it insulting since the words are just variants on the Spanish term for “black.” Similarly, don’t be upset if someone refers to you as “flaco” (thin) or “gordo” (fat), since both terms are used quite casually and often as a kind greeting.

Most Venezuelans do not see differences between Brits, Americans, or Europeans. As a result, even if you are Russian, you may expect to be dubbed “gringo.” Don’t let this bother you as a non-Spanish speaker.

Venezuelans, like Colombians, Nicaraguans, and Panamanians, have a funny method of pointing to things by pouting their lips and raising their chin, so don’t expect folks to blow you kisses when you ask for directions.

Another important point to remember is that Venezuelan society is deeply divided between “Chavistas” (those who support President Chavez) and “Anti-Chavistas” (those who oppose him), so it is strongly advised not to discuss him and/or his politics unless you are certain which side your Venezuelan friends are on.

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