Member Nation : Ecuador

The Ecuadorian Community in Albany has been growing within the last couple of years; as a community we believe it is important for our kids to be exposed to our culture and learn to appreciate it. As an attempt to rescue our heritage and culture we formed an organization called “Mi Bello Ecuador” (My Beautiful Ecuador). We enjoy recreating different dances from different regions of Ecuador. We had the privilege to perform our folkloric dances at different schools in the Capital Region and cultural events. The Ecuadorian community is proud to promote our heritage, culture and faith with the community.


Ethnic Cuisine

Most regions in Ecuador follow the traditional three course meal of soup, a course that includes rice and a protein, and then dessert and coffee to finish. Supper is usually lighter and sometimes consists only of coffee or herbal tea with bread. In the highland region, pork, chicken, beef, and cuy (guinea pig) are popular and are served with a variety of grains (especially rice and corn) or potatoes.
In the coastal region, seafood is very popular, with fish, shrimp, and ceviche being key parts of the diet. Generally, ceviches are served with fried plantain (chifles y patacones), popcorn, or tostado. Plantain- and peanut-based dishes are the basis of most coastal meals. Encocados (dishes that contain a coconut sauce) are also very popular. Churrasco is a staple food of the coastal region, especially Guayaquil. Arroz con menestra y carne asada (rice with beans and grilled beef) is one of the traditional dishes of Guayaquil, as is fried plantain, which is often served with it. This region is a leading producer of bananas, Cocoa beans (to make chocolate), shrimp, tilapia, mango, and passion fruit, among other products.
In the Amazon region, a dietary staple is the yuca, elsewhere called cassava. Many fruits are available in this region, including bananas, tree grapes, and peach palms.

Ethnic Clothing

Tourist Attractions

There are 37 World Heritage sites in India that are recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of August 2017.These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Mysore Palace- Karanataka, Golden Temple-Amritsar, Varanasi, Hampi, Madurai temple - Chennai, Kerala Backwaters, Qutub Minar.

Reference Links

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