For business, Colombians wear formal clothes, such as white shirts, dark suits and ties. Dress is less formal in warmer regions. Women wear dresses and suits depending on the occasion. Lower-class members prefer to wear loose pants and skirts. As seen above, Colombian clothes are different from Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil.
Colombians wear traditional clothes during national festivals such as the Carnaval de Barranquilla. The most popular national costume for women is the La Pollera Colora. This costume is composed of a round-necked blouse and a matching brightly colored skirt. The neck and knee lines have ruffles and laces, with designs ranging from floral and native prints to brightly contrasting horizontal bands. Men put on similar attires that consist of intricate headdresses, vivid capes and matching pants.
Colombia has a mostly tropical climate. In the valleys between the mountain ranges, the rainfall amount is lower than in the two external sides, typically between 35.5 and 47 inches per year. We have seen that the western side, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, is rain-soaked, but so is the eastern side, even though it doesn't reach the peaks of Quibdo. For example, in Villavicencio, at 1,400 feet above sea level, almost 157 inches of rain per year fall, and the only months in which precipitation goes below 4 in, are January (1.6 in) and February (3.5 in). Here, the best time goes from mid-December to mid-March. Further south, in Florencia, the least rainy period, between 4 and 6 inches per month, is shorter, and it's limited to December and January.
Patriotic symbols represent the war of independence and the founding fathers. Francisco Miranda, a Venezuelan, designed the national flag in 1806. Adapting the red and yellow of the Spanish flag, Miranda divided the two colors by a stripe of blue to symbolize the ocean separating the independent country from the motherland. The upper half of the flag is yellow, symbolizing the natural riches of the country, while the lower half is divided into two equal parts of blue and red, with the red symbolizing the blood shed in the war for independence. In 1834, the national shield, Arms of the Republic, was added to the flag to represent the defensive armament used in early battles. Another important national symbol is the condor, which signifies liberty and sovereignty.
Lechona. Ajiaco. Asado Bogotano. Bandeja Paisa, a traditional dish from the Paisa region, consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, plantain, chorizo, morcilla, chicharron, arepa, avocado and a fried egg.
In Colombia, natilla is the most popular Christmas dish and is eaten along with buñuelos (fritters) and manjar blanco, and it resembles a flan or pudding. Some of the ingredients include milk, panela (blocks of brown sugar), cinnamon sticks, and flour or cornstarch. Occasionally people like to add grated coconut or raisins but these are optional ingredients. To garnish it, powdered cinnamon is spread on top of the finished natilla. Natilla is found all throughout the Christmas season and usually stores sell pre-made natilla; but one of the best known Christmas traditions in Colombia is making natilla in an improvised campfire in the streets or home patios.
Colombia has a population of 49,120,104 people. As of 2005 The ethnic groups in Colombia included 86% Mestizo and White; 10.6% Black (includes Mulatto); 3.4% Amerindian; 0.01% Roma