Dominican Republic Culture

Understanding various details in the Dominican culture

The interesting changes in the Dominican Republic culture have been mostly caused by influence from other countries throughout the history.

Whether you are visiting Punta Cana over the weekend or planning a longer trip to another area, you will find that there are many aspects of the nation which are going to be quite fascinating to you. The more you know about this beautiful country, the better your experience will be, so keep a few things regarding the culture in mind.

As you approach a person for the first time is imperative to use a handshake while maintaining direct eye contact; otherwise they might get offended. If a person invites you to their home; bringing a small gift like some elaborated candy is a good idea. They will think very highly of you due to your good manners, but be aware that black and purple presents should not be used as they traditionally represent mourning colors. When heading out to the town is important to dress appropriately. Certain locations like some restaurants and nightclubs require formal attire but most places do not have a problem with casual clothing. Arriving on time is expected; of course you can be 15 minutes late and still be “on time”. 

Remember that meals are served "family style" and always make sure that your hands are visible.

If you want to make a good impression, you can say some words and phrases in Spanish - the official language

That will make anyone notice you put effort in to learning some of it. For example: buenos dias (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), hola (hello), gracias (thank you), por favor (please), no entiendo (I don't understand), adios (bye), bien (fine), cuanto (how much), un momento (a moment), por supuesto (of course), derecha (right), izquierda (left).

In the Dominican Republic culture you can find various religions.

The vast majority of the people in the country are Christian encompassing around 95% of the population. They can be divided between Catholics which are around 88% and Protestants which are around 4%. There is a small fraction of Buddhists and Muslims as well present in the country. The presence of Jews in the Dominican Republic is also not surprising as many of them fled from the European continent to this country which resulted in the founding of Sosua.

Popular music in the country

Typical street musicians - Dominican Republic culture
The Dominican Republic is widely credited for the
creation of the merengue and it was largely Dominican musicians who made this lively dance music so famous in the United States. 

Bachata has also grown in popularity over the years, and in many cases, it focuses on bitterness of human experience, which leads to many calling it by the original name of amargue, which means “bitterness.”

Dominican rap has become a particularly wide spread genre as well.

This country has the second most players in the Major League Baseball, and some of the game's best players have been from this country. The baseball is, without a doubt, one of the most popular sports in the Dominican Republic culture, and following close after is boxing. The Dominican Republic has given some of the most famous boxers, including Joan Guzman and Juan Carlos Payano.

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