Despite the fact that Ecuador has long been influenced by European culture, many national traditions and customs still exist in this country. Such features are rarely found in countries where for many years different culture, modern customs and traditions have been introduced.
Not many countries can boast that they keep all the traditions of the people and follow these traditions. The people of Ecuador still keep the customs of their Indian ancestors, and this is expressed not only in the family, but also in the political and public life of the country, even taking into account the fact that many Ecuadorians have long been Catholics and Christians.
The church has a great power and influence, and its influence extends to every single inhabitant, and for the whole of social life, especially this refers to the Christian church, which is the most ardent inspirer of the religious mood.
Priests in Ecuador enjoy authority in the lives of individuals and in the political life of the country, and they are often approached for help in resolving any disputable issues.
Marriages in Ecuador should be sanctified by the church, although, of course, without this, they are considered legitimate, but in any case the church is skeptical about marriages that were not consecrated and considered unrecognized before God. If we consider that Ecuador was strongly influenced by the Spanish heritage and Spanish culture, the inhabitants did not adopt a hot temper and temper from the Spaniards.
The people of Ecuador are very calm and balanced, especially in people living in mountainous areas, they think that it is necessary to save energy and spend it on something more useful, this habit has already taken root in them for many centuries and has remained unchanged. You can even say that Ecuadorians are slow and everyone does it with feeling.
Slowness and pride determine the character of the people of Ecuador. Any misunderstandings and disputes in Ecuador are resolved very quickly, and there will never be serious scandals, but only if their pride is not affected, because the love of their traditions and customs in the country is very important for every Ecuadorian.
The tranquility of Ecuadorians ends in the market of Ecuador, therefore in no country you will not find such noisy and talkative markets as here. Probably, it is in the markets that some features of the Ecuadorian character are manifested, which in the public life are restrained from habit.
The family for Ecuadorians is considered a very important unit of society, this is the basis of their entire life. Life and family, parents and children – family relationships are the most important for every resident of Ecuador.
The attitude towards the older generation and parents takes first place in the life of Ecuadorians. Respect for parents and the older generation is seen not only within the family itself, but also in all everyday and social life, here all the love and kindness of children to their parents is manifested and a very great respect.
You can often notice that parents in Ecuador live with their children, mostly of course with younger daughters and sons. Never will children leave their parents alone, necessarily someone stays with them and will take care of them.
Do not ignore their parents and older children who live separately, they always try to support their parents in every possible way and help younger sisters and brothers.
Another interesting point in Ecuador, which relates to the relationship of parents and children – is the relationship of the godparents to their godchildren and vice versa. It is not always possible to understand in perfection these relations of the godparents and children, these are sometimes very complicated and intricate relationships, especially with regard to the financial aspect.
This relationship is based on strong support from the godparents towards their godson, this applies to financial assistance and advice throughout the social and family life of the godson.
In turn, and the godson, as far as possible, provides assistance to his godparents.Relationships of the godparents are often seen in the family business and even in political life.
A man and a woman in an Ecuadorian family have the same position and the same rights. Of course, as in many other families, there is a division of family responsibilities by agreement.
Sometimes a woman takes over all the household duties, and the task of the man is to assume the responsibility of financial security. However, women can also work and contribute to the financial well-being of the family.
Ecuadorians are very hospitable people and are welcome at any time. On the part of the same guest gifts are very much appreciated, regardless of who they are intended for, because both men and women having the same position in the family can receive gifts.
Because of this, most often pay the most attention to the hostess of the house – this indicates that the guest has great respect for the whole family and home. After all, it is the woman who is responsible for the house, conducts the household and depends on her love and understanding in the family, mutual respect and warmth of the home. Accordingly, a woman in the house deserves more attention.
In Ecuador, it is customary to greet everyone you meet, even if you are completely unfamiliar and never see you again. These are the rules of decency and good tone, and the Ecuadorians themselves can not understand the cool attitude.
Ecuadorians are very reserved in the sense of drinking alcoholic beverages. Even in the family there are very rare cases when on holidays strong alcoholic beverages are used, although, of course, one can sometimes see on the street a slightly drunk Ecuadorian. Still, the Ecuadorian has no friendship with alcohol.
The same restraint Ecuadorians are observed in clothes, although there is no certain style in clothes. However, it is still not customary to dress in casual clothes when attending official events or public institutions, especially since most establishments simply will not be allowed a person dressed not according to the rules.