Ivory Coast

Akira W, Mrs. Duff, October 10th, 2013

Here are traditional Ivory Coast clothes. Number one is a woman on the catwalk, and number two is women doing a special dance. Women tend to wear skirts or pagnes with a blouse. For formal occasions they(the girls) wear sandals or heeled shoes.

This is a school in Ivory Coast.



The Ivory Coast has a wide variety of physical features. It is 322,463 square kilometers. Beyond the coast is a tropical forest that is 95 to 185 miles wide.

Clothing: Women tend to wear skirts or pagnes (colorful cloth wrapped around the waist) with a blouse. For formal occasions, they (the girls) wear sandals or heeled shoes; plastic flip-flops are worn as casual wear.

Some women wear a head covering to indicate they’re married.

Food: Hand washing is an important part of eating; everyone washes their hands before and after each meal. During the meal they eat only with their right hands because the left hand is traditionally used for personal hygiene. Ivorians usually drink water after, not during, the meal.

Breakfast is usually served between 6 and 7 a.m., lunch at noon, and dinner between 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Language: We Ivorians speak French, and that is our official language. There are over 60 languages spoken in the Ivory Coast. Only 18% of the 6,670,912 million people speak their village languages. Yet this is surprising because 40% of the people who practice their traditional religion, don't even practice their own language.

Education and Schooling: Compared to the other countries in Africa, the Ivory Coast's school system is fantastic. The government makes great efforts to see that everyone learns how to read and to write. The country made a law that all children must go to elementary school if one is near there house.

Religion and beliefs: 60% of the population practices their traditional beliefs that were developed in their villages from many years ago. Out of the Ivory Coast population, 6,670,912 million, practice the Muslim religion. Only about 10% of the people practice Christianity and Roman beliefs.

Some things you may really like about our country: You may really like the people here and the Ivory Coast in general!

Some things you may not like about our country: You may not like our school and education rules..

Holiday Traditions and Activities: Most families hold parties on New Year's Eve. On New Year’s Day, families gather around for a special meal, which varies according to the family’s income and preferences. For Muslims, the most important holiday is 'Tabaski'. Each family purchases a sheep, which is slaughtered then cooked after the morning prayer. In Bonoua, the Abouré celebrate the Popo Carnival each April with soccer matches, drama, traditional singing and dancing, worshiping of the ancestors, and a parade that honors traditional customs.

Government and Country Background/History: Ivory Coast's president is head of state and directly elected a five-year term through a two-round system. If no candidate receives a majority of votes in the first round, a run-off election will be held. There are no term limits for the president. The unicameral National Assembly has 255 seats. Its members are directly elected plurality to five-year terms. Ivorians started demanding more rights after World War 2. Ivorians were allowed political parties, free speech, and government jobs. The Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI) became the most popular of numerous political parties.

Food in Ivory Coast.

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