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Snapshot of Honduras – The official language of Honduras is Spanish. Most of Honduras’ population shares both European and Native American ancestry. Most Hondurans are Christian, with the Roman Catholic church being the largest church in the country. However, various Protestant and Evangelical denominations have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Legends and folklore are rather prevalent in Honduras. Holidays and other celebrations are marked by music and dancing, and during the Holy Week processions are held commemorating the events of Easter. Colored sawdust is often used to decorate the pathway of the processions. Salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and American music are popular in Honduras, though Mexican rancheras music is also popular in more rural areas. Soccer is Honduras’ most popular sport. Tortillas are used in most Honduran meals and in a variety of dishes. Fried fish, carne asada, and tamales are all typical menu items in different regions of the country. Red bean soup and rice and beans are also common. Coconut is frequently used in recipes, and many tropical fruits, such as papaya, pineapple, and passion fruit are regularly eaten as well.
There are 10 stakes and districts located within the boundaries of the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission, as well as a few mission branches. There is also a CES Institute building located in Tegucigalpa. The Church has continued to grow and has become quite strong in the area, as evidenced by the dedication of the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple in 2013.
A typical meal in Honduras usually includes rice, beans, tortillas, some kind of grilled meat such as chicken or beef, and a salad. A typical breakfast includes scrambled eggs, beans and tortillas with occasional “American Cuisine” additions such as jam on toast or a glass of orange juice. On the Caribbean coast or in the Bay Islands, seafood dominates Honduran cuisine. No taste test of Honduran food is complete without fresh fish, shrimp, lobster or the endlessly versatile conch (caracol in Spanish).
Other popular dishes include burritas, tamales, and pastelitos de carne. A burrita is shredded meat, refried beans, cheese and avocado rolled up in a flour tortilla but it is different from a Mexican burrito. Tamales may include vegetables or potatoes as well as chicken or pork. Chew carefully! Bones are sometimes left in the meat. Finally, a pastelito de carne is a deep-fried flour pastry filled with meat, rice and/or potatoes.
In large Honduran cities like Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba, big American restaurant chains are cropping up with increasing frequency. Don’t be surprised to find T.G.I. Friday’s, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and even Cinnabon.
Missionaries serving in Honduras generally get around either by walking or by using public transportation. In Tegucigalpa, buses and taxis are the most common forms of public transportation. While buses are usually cheaper, the city’s public transportation system is very disorganized. Expect to see a wide range of styles in public transportation – some companies even use school buses!
Honduras is notorious for having the highest murder rate in the world. Missionaries should be aware of their surroundings and avoid dangerous neighborhoods, especially after dark. Ask local members or mission leaders about areas you should avoid.
Several popular fairs, or ferias, take place in Tegucigalpa throughout the year. One of the largest events is the Feria de la Capital, which is held every September and celebrates the founding of the city. The event is celebrated with a parade, concerts, and art festivals. The Feria del Caballo y la Cultura (Horse and Culture Fair) is also held each year in November. The Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas are also celebrated with fairs and parades. One unique aspect of Easter celebrations is the creation of “sawdust carpets”, elaborately designed paths of colored sawdust placed on streets in preparation for Easter parades.
Bring a lightweight, waterproof jacket for the rainier months. Comfortable and waterproof walking shoes are also especially useful.
As a colonial city, Tegucigalpa has a several historic sites, monuments, and museums. Some of the most popular sites in the city are the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Basilica of the Virgin of Suyapa, and the former Presidential Palace museum. The Estadio Nacional de Tegucigalpa is home to two popular soccer teams, and plays host to many sporting events throughout the year.
Colonia Florencia Norte, Contiguo a
Entre Boulevar Suyapa y Price Smart
Edificio Plaza America, 3er Piso
Apartado Postal 556 o 3539
Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Francisco Morazán
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Straight from the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Peanut butter but the mission president always provided us with it.”
“some medications like: skin creams for infection”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Rice and red beans with fresh corn tortillas with quesillo (the BEST cheese ever).”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“a green mango”
“beans soup with pig skin”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“That some people would have no shame in going to the bathroom in the street, and also the fact that they are superstitious.”
“I found in some towns close to the city that they did not have a hospital, drugstore, a market, a bank; we used to go to the capital if we wanted medicine, food, money, etc. And the weather is very very hot”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission?
“Love the people, love your companion.”
“Be friendly with everyone all the time, specially with members, because they will help you a lot.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“That it would be hard and that your life will never be the same.”
“They don’t like imitations, they think that you are mocking of them, they get mad”
“I learned to be grateful for the simple things that I take for granted here.”
“Baliadas are delicious, Danli is a beautiful place, Choluteca is the best place for having succeed”
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