Most people in Honduras are mestizo that speak Spanish (the official language), with English common on the Bay Islands and northern coast. Other languages spoken by people here are Miskito, Garifuna, and other local languages spoken by native people.
The Honduras flag includes three strips and five stars. The stars represent the five states of the Central American Union — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — with Honduras in the center.
Ninety percent of Honduras’s population is mestizo: a mix of Amerindian and European ancestry. Seven percent are indigenous, two percent are black (primarily residing on Honduras’s Caribbean coast), and around 150,000 are Garifuna.
Additional Facts about Honduras
Honduras was the 1st country to be nicknamed a “Banana Republic” and this term was first used by the American writer William Sydney Porter.
Honduran food mainly consists of beans, chicken, corn, jalapeños, eggs, rice, tamales, potatoes, or fried fish.
Life expectancy in Honduras is 73.14 years (2014).
Natural resources include – zinc, iron ore, silver, gold, copper, timber, and coal.
It was the 1st country to ban smoking in your own home. In addition, smokers must always stand 2 meters away from non-smoker
The Great Mayan Reef, also known as The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System or Great Maya Reef, is an amazing marine region which spans over 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Isla Contoy (a small island in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo) at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down to the Bay Islands.
Major Festivals in Honduras
Semana Santa is a week-long celebration. It is never on the same dates, but it is between March or April depending on when Easter falls that year. Santa Rose de Copan is one of the best places to visit in the Honduras mountains during this time of the year. The town is also very close to the Mayan Copan ruins.
Punta Gorda Festival
Punta Gorda Festival takes place annually on April 12. It is a unique Honduran festival. On this day, people from all over the country get together on the island of Roatan to celebrate a special day for the Garifuna people that live on it. It commemorates the day in which 4,000 Garifuna people got to the island of Roatan and started a settlement.
This festival is held during the last week of June in San Pedro Sula. The festival is full of live musical performances, lots of food stalls with traditional dishes and people drinking. You will also be able to enjoy colorful parades.
National Garifuna Festival
This festival is held on the third weekend of July. It is held in the town of Bajamar, near Puerto Cortes, it hosts a drinking and dancing party as the name suggests it celebrates the Garifuna people that live in the country, as well as the Garifuna communities in Belize and Guatemala.
San Isidro Fair
This festival is held at the end of every May in the town of La Ceiba. It is the largest festival of the country. During this festival, you will be able to take part in a large number of cultural activities where people wear colorful clothes and paint their faces to celebrate this special and unique festival. It is similar to Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.
Day of the Americas
This festival is held every April 14. Honduras celebrates this Day as a way of showing how proud they are to be a part of the American Continent. This is a festivity celebrated all over the country but some people have distinct approaches to celebrate this holiday. This day is not celebrated as a national holiday and offices remain open.
Just like most of the other Central American countries. Independence Day is celebrated on September 15. This usually involves lots of colorful parades, almost one per town. During this day you will also find lots of food stands on the streets.