Paraguay Research Paper

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"Paraguay is a small landlocked country near the center of South America. It shares borders with Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The Paraguay River divides the country into two different land regions. West of the river lies the Chaco, a flat, thinly settled area of coarse grasses, scrub forests, and salt marshes. Eastern Paraguay, east of the river, has rolling hills, fertile soil, and forests" (Lambert 144). Over 95 percent of Paraguayans live in the eastern portion of the country. About a third lives in or near the capital Asuncion also the most populated city. Asuncion has about half a million people. Nearly all Paraguayan's are of mixed Guarani Indian and European decent. The official languages spoken are Guarani and Spanish. Roman Catholicism …show more content…
The law requires individuals from ages 18 to 75 to vote. Voters also choose the members of the legislature for a five year term. Paraguay is separated into 17 departments plus the capital city of Asuncion. Voters elect a governor to head each department. The highest court is the Supreme Court of Justice. Members of the Supreme Court work until the age of 75. Paraguayan men are enlisted into the armed forces at age 18. They serve either one year in the country's army or air force, or two years in the navy (Lambert …show more content…
Olímpico is Asuncion's most widespread team and is neck and neck with the best Uruguayan and Argentinian teams. Paraguayans also like basketball, volleyball, horse racing, and swimming (Introduction Paraguayans). Religious holidays are celebrated with festivals that include music, dancing, parades, and religious processions. Christmas and Easter are the main Christian holidays, as well as the Día de la Virgen, on December 8 which celebrates the Immaculate Conception. The War of the Triple Alliance fought in 1860s is celebrated on March 1 (Introduction Paraguayans). New Year's Day, Chaco Armistice, Boqueron Battle Victory Day, Good Friday, and the founding of Asuncion are also holidays celebrated in Paraguay (Paraguay Holidays). Paraguay also has old-fashioned Catholic festivals such as the Dia de San Blas and the largest holiday Carnival. Verbana de San Juan, Trans-Chaco Rally, Nanduti festival, and Oktober fest are other festivals celebrated in Paraguay. The carnival is a multi-day event that occurs the start of Christian Lent and is comparable to madrigals festivals. There are pageants and parades through the streets, and lots of music and dancing throughout the night. Dia de San Blas is held February third and celebrates Paraguay's patron saint. Saint Blas festival sees its biggest celebrations in the city of Ciudad del Este, which has week-long open air events leading up to it (Paraguay

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