Traditional dress of Nicaragua is so marvelous and colorful, although it is not in daily usage these days, but it is commonly observed in the festive ceremonies and cultural dances of Nicaragua.These cultural and traditional dances are mostly being eliminated in their original forms but still they are not completely disappeared. The dancers normally wear such traditional costumes of Nicaragua those were created throughout the country and they were having the valuable illustration of regional traditions that helped shape Nicaragua’s festive and colorful side.
Traditional costume of Nicaragua during folk dance – Image by welshkaren
In the Las Inditas dance which is normally performed in the traditional festivities of Masaya, the women wear the white dress with red ribbon, as well as other decoration in the braided hair and a basket on top of the head. It represents the hard-working women in this town. Similarly, in the traditional clothing of mestizo or indigenous women, the dress is white with colorful lines on the upper and bottom parts.
A dancer in the traditional dress of Nicaragua – Image by bill_bly_ca – flickr
Mestizaje Costumes, both for the men and women, demonstrate the prominent Spanish influence on the Nicaraguan clothes. The countrymen costumes of the Northern parts of Nicaragua comprise of long-sleeved shirts for the women wrapped around their bodies, with a large kerchief at the top. The men wear long white trousers with a white shirt, and a scarf around their necks.
The countrymen traditional clothing from Nicaragua – Image by ejglalala -flickr
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The red-eyed tree frog is the native to the rain forests of Central America and as its name suggests, the red-eyed tree frog has red eyes with vertically narrowed pupils. Red-eyed tree frogs are scientifically known as Agalychnis callidryas and these are carnivores that eat crickets, moths, flies, and other insects.
Red-eyed tree frog of Central America – Image by Alberto Gómez Aparicio – flickr
These iconic rain-forest amphibians sleep by day stuck to leaf-bottoms with their eyes closed and body markings covered. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes and reveal their huge, webbed orange feet and bright blue-and-yellow flanks. This technique, called startle coloration, may give a bird or snake pause, offering a precious instant for the frog to spring to safety.
The red-eyed tree frog: Agalychnis callidryas remained sticky to tree leaves all the day. Image: Inf-Lite Teacher
Adult red-eyed tree frog or Agalychnis callidryas is only about 5 cm (2 inches) in length while the females tend to be larger at 7.5 cm (3 inches). Males croak and quiver, like a song and a dance, to try to attract females. These frogs change color according to their mood from dark green to a reddish-brown. The average life span of the red-eyed tree frog is almost five years.
The formation of the geography of Costa Rica is based upon the massive volcanic activities created by the range of volcanoes, especially the Poás Volcano which is an active stratovolcano, located in the central Costa Rica. It has erupted 39 times since 1828. This volcano is situated in the Central Volcanic Conservation Area located of the Alajuela Province near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, which encompasses the area around the Poas Volcano.
Poás Volcano Crater of Costa Rica : An image by Trevor Huxham
The most stunning part of the whole area, which is also a major tourist attraction in the country is obviously the Poás Volcano Crater of Costa Rica. The visitors come to see the crater at Poás Volcano National Park is in the morning, in the dry season from January to April. There is mist and clouds over the crater but when they part, there is a view of sulfuric, bubbling, green rain fed lake at the bottom, surrounded by smoke and steam rising from fumaroles. Poás Volcano also causes acidic rains in the area and as it is located above the frost line, the temperature is normally freezing cold.
The astounding flora around of Poás Volcano : Image by scumdogsteev
Poas Volcano National Park is also home to many endemic species of flora and fauna. Several unique birds and mammals like rabbits and marmots also dwell in the area. The lower slopes of Poás Volcano are covered with fruit farms and huge ornamental flower farms.
A view of the crater lake – Poas Volcanic Crater – Costa Rica – An image by Richie Diesterheft – flickr
The trekkers who intend to come to Poás Volcano Crater of Costa Ricamust keep in their minds that the sun’s rays are extremely intense as the elevation lies near equator. When the strong wind blows the usage of windbreakers or jackets is must, as at midday it usually becomes too cold around the crater.
The traditional dress of Puerto Rico is a blend of Jibaro and Bomba cultures. This means the typical and local features in the traditional clothing of Puerto Rico but the Spanish, Carribean and the Latin American influences are also pretty much reflected there. For the understanding, we can categorize the traditional dress of Puerto Rico into three main kinds.
Jibaro dancers from Puerto Rico in their traditional dresses – Image by Jaime Olmo
There is a dominating culture in Puerto Rico which is known as Jibaro culture which has its origins in the Taino Indian culture and the term Jíbaro usually refers to “La Gente de la Montañas” (the people of the interior montainous regions of Puerto Rico) and emerged in the 16th century with the blending of the Pre-Columbian Taino Indian and Spanish European cultures in the central mountains of the island of Puerto Rico. Some values can of this culture can be observed even today. The most prominent feature of the Jibaro dress is the headdresses as the Jibaro men wear the straw hat and the Jibaro women wear the flower bonnet. The men normally wear white shirt and pants with a colored sash around the waist and colored kerchief around neck and shoulders. Similarly the Jibaro women wear the multi colored long skirts and low cut white blouses. The footwears include sandals and a machete.
Bomba dancers from Puerto Rico wearing traditional costumes – Image by Rona Proudfoot
The Bomba culture is a purely African tradition that was introduced in Puerto Rico by the black slaves who worked on the island’s sugar plantations in the 17th century. The Bomba dancers usually perform hip-hop dancing on drum beats and the drums are accompanied by the rhythmical beating of sticks and maracas to create a swelling tide of drumbeats. The traditional Bomba costumes of Puerto Rico are much similar to the traditional slave attires as the turbans and long flowing white skirts and short blouses are the major articles of such dresses. The men wear colorful shirts tied at the waist and pants cut at the ankles or sometimes the man is dress elegantly in a white suite with a Panama Hat.
Puerto Rican dancers in phenomenal traditional costumes
Plena is a genre of music, chant and dance native to Puerto Rico and it was originated in Joja del Castillo Ponce around 1900. While performin Plena folklore, the Puerto Rico women wear flowers in their hair colorful short dress above the knee.The Puerto Rico men wear Panama hats with guayabera shirts mostly in white.
In the nutshell, the population of Puerto Rico is multi cultured and the lovely people of this small island wear a variety of traditional dresses. The traditional dress of Puerto Rico is an amazing blend of the Jibaro, Bomba and Plena cultures.
Belarus has a phenomenal cultural accomplishment as the country has gone through several dynamic and ethnographic backgrounds for many centuries. There are impacts on the Belarusian society of many religions and sects like Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam. Clothing is the most important component of the typical Belarusian culture and the origins of Belarusian clothing tradition lie in the ancient Kiewan Rus‘.
Girls from Belarus in majestic style wearing folk costumes – Image by anoldent – flickr
Belarus has a very cold climate in its long winters and even mild weather conditions in its limited summer. So the clothes were made out fabrics that provide closed covering and warmth. Mainly, the traditional dress of Belarus was made with flax fibers and wool, decorated with printed or embroiled ornaments, or weaved from using threads of different color. But the then rich elite of Belarus also used to import the fabrics like brocade, velvet or tuft etc having different shades of red, blue, and less often green.
A typical and traditional bridal dress in Belarus – Image courtesy www.belarus.by
The traditional dress for the Belarusian men usually consisted of delicate fabrics, decorated with golden and silver embroidery, precious stones, colored buttons. The costume was having a long dressing gown and having a top like coat or jacket. They also used a long belt made with wolf or beaver fur.
A girl in the traditional Belarusian dress – Image by Ilya Kuzniatsou – flickr belarusian
Similarly, the traditional dress for the Belarusian women included longer shirts or skirts having blouses of various patterns and colors. Their dress was decorated on the sides with ornaments or the fur of sable, marten or fox. The same trend was followed later on in the traditional folk costumes when the dresses were prepared with the white and red colored fabrics and embellished with splendid geometrical patterns.
An awesome pose of the folk dancers from Belarus in their traditional dress – Image by anoldent – flickr
There was gradual and slight variation in the clothing tendencies when the traditional dress of Belarus was progressively evolved. This was the consequence of multiple religious heritage and the designers applied moderate designing methodologies. A tremendous categories for the clothing were introduced in Belarus as the dresses worn during weekdays or holidays, weddings or birthdays, during celebrations or mourning. Today, the modern Belarusians, no doubt follow the western clothing but on the festive occasions, they continue the tradition to wear their cultured heritage, i-e the traditional dress of Belarus.