Australia


Culture: A particular form of civilization and how it interacts with other groups.


Australian Flag
Australian Flag



Social Groups: Australia is considered a "relaxed and friendly" place. Their main traits are hospitality, honesty, and modesty. Australia has a close identification with American culture. The general family is called "Nuclear Families" and are made up of parents, brothers, sisters, contact if extended family, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Most families have two or three children but large families are also common. Extended family is very important to Australians. For holidays, extended families are almost always together.

 The typical Australian family
The typical Australian family



Dating and Marriage: Dating begins in the early teens and carries on into adulthood. They date just as us Americans do; usually in small groups and they typically go to the theater or go dancing. Most couples marry for actual love. "Arranged marriages" occur in some ethnic groups, but it is not considered desirable by most people. Like America, marriage is celebrated with a civil or religious ceremony. Nearly 60% of people over 15 years of age get married. Divorce is another story. Divorce has been readily available since 1975. Remarriage is also common and accepted.

Religion: 64 percent of the population are Christian. Even though most of the popluation practices Christianity, other religions are practiced such as Anglican (19 percent of population), Roman Catholic (26 percent of population), and many other religions (19.3 percent of population). Although some Australians consider themselves religious, it usually doesn't play a big role in their daily lives, most people only attend church for special occasions. Australia is one of the most religiously diverse societies in the world.external image c.gif
St. Aloysius Church which is located in Southern Australia
St. Aloysius Church which is located in Southern Australia



Languages: Australians speak English, of course. But they have changed the way they speak by using colorful slang and words borrows from Aboriginal dialects. In its written form, Australian English combines of British and American language.

Cultural Patterns: In Australia, they live an urban lifestyle. After breakfast they go their separate ways; usually school for the children and work for the adults. They all eat together for dinner then the children usually do homework while the parents lounge and watch television or curl up with a great book.

Leisure activities: Australians love to exercise and they believe that great sportsmanship is very important. Cricket is the most popular sport in the entire nation. Australians also enjoy rugby, soccer, basketball, cycling, tennis, golf, and water sports such as surfing, swimming, and kayaking. They also love to be outdoors and love to do activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing. They are very lucky to have such a beautiful environment to relax and spend some quality time with their families. Traveling is also enjoyed by much of the Australian population. One of their favorite vacation spots is the beach!

Cricket
Cricket
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Music and The Arts: One of the most distinctive sound of Australia is of a five-foot-long wooden musical instrument called the didgeridoo. Anytime someone hears it, they usually thing of The Outback. Australia is very fond of the fine arts. The Sydney Opera House is a national symbol and it represents the dedication of the people to the fine arts. Many great singers and actors/actresses have come from "the down under" including Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton- John, teen sensation; Cody Simpson, and much more.








Food: Australians eat various types of food including Asian and European cuisine. Popular dishes include a lot of meat such as lamb, steak, and sausages (called snags) with side dishes like french fries, vegetables, salad and the adults usually have wine, coffee or beer. Lighter foods such as salad, fresh vegetables, and seafood are starting to increase in popularity. Even with the healthier food craze going on, Australians still eat out. "Take-away" or take-out is also very popular. Desserts are also very common and they usually eat them after finishing their dinner.
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Resources:


www.everyculture.com

www.culturegrams.com

http://online.culturegrams.com/world/world_country_sections.php?contid=8&wmn=Oceania&cid=13&cn=Australia&sname=Family&snid=11

http://online.culturegrams.com/world/world_country_sections.php?contid=8&wmn=Oceania&cid=13&cn=Australia&sname=Dating_and_Marriage&snid=12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaCzsCSn90&feature=player_embedded

http://www.guideto.com/food-drink/wine-travel/australia/australian-cuisine.html

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/cranberry-and-orange-pavlova

http://onlinerugbysportsbetting.com/australia-rugby-sports-betting/

http://www.cricketingcarnival.com/Australian-Cricket-Team.html



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