The Colombian culture has been greatly inspired by Spanish culture during 16th century. It is the time when Spanish culture collided with the native civilization of Colombia. After liberation from Spain, the conservative group wanted to set up a pluralistic supporting system between conservative and liberal ethics. While the conservatives were in favor of the involvement of the Catholic Church in the state the liberals wanted the partition of these. However, the conservative group could be able to outsource the public education to the Catholic Church and the church was in command of the country's education system for many years.
Ethno-racial groups tried to uphold their inherited culture in Colombia. White individuals got married to their siblings or close relative to sustain their heritage within the family. Blacks and native people mixed with each other to form a new ethno-racial group known as zambos.
Initially the white people enjoyed the wealth and higher position in the society but banishment of slavery and the industrialization in 20th century following the establishment of the Republic of Colombia brought positive changes in Colombia.
A traditional meal in Colombia replicates both Spanish and indigenous culture. The meals are recognized by their size not the ingredients. For example, the breakfast should be light and the lunch should be quite substantive again the evening meal is light and dinner is a little heavier. Fresh fruit, homemade soup, meat or fish served with rice and/or potatoes are the contents of a typical Colombian dinner.
People with lower income consume carbohydrate-rich meal. Colombians end their meal with a sweet desert, often made from panela, one type of brown sugar.
However, the type of food is different in different regions of the county and Colombians love to have national and international food items.
Clothing in Colombia is basically designed to go well with the tropical climate of the region. The following are the types of clothes worn by the people of Colombia:
- Boxer shorts,
- Swim trunks
- Jogging suits
- Polo shirts
- Sweat shirts
- Tank tops
About 95% of Colombians consider them as the associates of the Roman Catholic Church and they respect the Catholic traditions of self-punishment. People who live in rural areas are more religious than urban residents. But the Catholicism is different in both urban and rural area.
In rural Colombia, religious practices are associated with native, African, and 16th century Spanish traditions. There people implore to a patron saint, who is believed to be more close to heart than God.
The culture of Colombia has acknowledged the freedom of religion and it is evident in its varied populace.
The following are some of the events observed by the people of Colombia with joy and gaiety:
- Cali Fair
- Flowers Fair
- All Saints Day
- Immaculate Conception
- Independence Day of Colombia
- Carnaval of Barranquilla
Apart from the above events, Colombians celebrate many other national events including the most popular sports event, Reinado de Belleza.