You will select a culture from one of the following chapters:  3.3 and 3.5, and produce a paper

Cultural paper

You will select a culture from one of the following chapters:  3.3 and 3.5, and produce a paper.   You cannot select a culture in which I added local customs too on PowerPoint 3.3 & 3.5.  A good place to start is to research the county:  Wikipedia:   , but some students prefer other sources.

The paper must be double spaced, have one or two cultural images and no longer than three pages. (30 Points)  Source citations are required.  Use only MSword to produce your paper.  If you only add the URL for the citation, this will be considered plagiarism.  If you do not cite your sources, this will be considered plagiarism.  See the “Plagiarism” notes and directions below.  I will not accept a paper if the APA Works Cited is not correctly formatted and the URLs/web addresses are not included.  You will not receive any credit for your paper

You will imagine you from a different culture/country and produce the following objectives for this assignment.  Provide a heading for each of the following objectives:

  1. Your fictional name
  2. Nationality
  3. Country and region
  4. Culture and Local Customs (not religious customs)
  5. Religion (may include religious customs)
  6. Favorite food (include photograph)
  7. A recent event (within 10 years) in the country, region or culture. You will pretend this event affected you or your family. One paragraph.

See APA in-text examples below. Do not forget to include in-text citations.


You cannot use any of the information provided in this example of a cultural paper.


1, 2, & 3. Your fictional name, nationality, country and region

Hi. I am Fatimah.  I am a Moroccan from Casablanca, Morocco.

  1. Religion (may include religious customs)

I am a Muslim (Arabic): Those who have submitted to God –  A Muslim, sometimes spelled Moslem,is an adherent of Islam.

Allah (Arabic): the one God.   Muhammad is his messenger (God’s final prophet – after Abraham, Moses and Jesus – the message delivered by the angel Gabriel).

Prayer 5 times a day

Charity, giving of alms (Money or goods given as charity to the poor).

Fasting during the religious holydays.

I made the pilgrimage to Mecca during Dhu’l Hijja.  Hijj means pilgrimage.  It is like a coming of age type of thing. You are supposed to travel, or make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your life, to pray to Allah. It is the Muslims holiest city.   At Mecca, the pilgrims are obliged to perform several rituals, including walking seven times around the “Kabah” shrine.   Literally  the “cube,” it is located in the city of Mecca and is called the “House of Allah.” The myths surrounding the Ka’bah (room covered with decorative black cloth)

People walking around the Ka’bah

suggest that its corner stone—the “Black Stone”—fell from Heaven or was brought to Mecca by angels. The stone is traditionally kissed by Muslims on heir pilgrimage as it was said to have been kissed by the Prophet Muhammad.

Religious Holidays

There are two holidays in Islam: Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. The first marks the end of a month of fasting in Ramadan, and the second commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to obey God and sacrifice his son. Congregational Eid prayers are held on both days.

In Morocco the holidays tend to be observed more quietly and privately, with many families following an Eid tradition of buying new clothes for children, preparing sweets and special meals, and paying visits to family.

Moroccans celebrate also other significant days, such as the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and. the islamic new year (HIJRI).

  1. Favorite food (include photograph) My favorite food is Couscous – dish of semolina (puffy wheat) traditionally served with a meat and/or stewed vegetables. The meat is always served last.


  1. Culture and Local Customs (not religious customs) Note: Many students lose points for this section. Search words for the web: Your culture’s name and then type in “local culture). Example: Moroccan local customs.

Traditions and local customs of Morocco have resulted in celebrations and festivals. Morocco festivals and events play major role in the colorful culture of Morocco.

Green Tea with mint is a Moroccan tradition of hospitality:

made by steeping green tea with mint leaves, is very popular, and many Moroccans drink it several times throughout the day and evening. Moroccan etiquette to offer tea to any visitors.

At one time, mint tea was ceremoniously prepared in front of guests. This tradition still takes place at some formal occasions. During the tea ceremony, the host or hostess sits before a tray holding decorated glasses and two tea pots. Fresh mint leaves (or other herbs), dried green tea leaves, sugar and boiling water should be nearby.

The host begins by rinsing the tea pots with boiling water. He then then adds the tea leaves to each pot, and rinses the leaves with a little boiling water. The water is discarded.

Sugar is added to the pots and the host fills them with boiling water. The tea steeps for several minutes before being stirred, and then the host fills the tea glasses halfway while pouring simultaneously from both pots. The pouring is usually done from a height of twelve inches or more.



In the month of February, Moroccans celebrate Aid Al Adha or Aid el-Khebir. This Morocco festival is celebrated in the honor of Abraham’s sacrifice. A commemoration feast is also held during this festival.

Fatih Mouharam is an immensely popular Moroccan festival and event. It is the Islamic New Year and is usually celebrated in the month of March.

In order to honor the coronation of King Mohammad VI, a national holiday is observed. This popular Morocco festival and event is known as Aid el Arch. Aid el Arch is celebrated all across the country with great fun and fervor.

Another immensely popular Morocco festival is Fez. It is the annual music festival, where musicians from all over the world take active participation. If you want to enjoy this festival then you must book in advance.

Most expensive Morocco festival and event is South of Marrakesh. Traders from distant region come here for selling their works, such as rugs, blankets, silver and  copper kitchenware, homespun wool djellabas and silhams.

Celebration of the Throne: This immensely popular festival is celebrated with parades and fireworks all over the country.


  1. A recent event (within 10 years) in the country, region or culture.

In March 2000, more than 60 women’s groups organized demonstrations in Casablanca proposing reforms to the legal status of women in the country.  Forty thousand women attended, calling for a ban on polygamy and the introduction of divorce law (divorce being a purely religious procedure at that time). Although the counter-demonstration attracted half a million participants, the movement for change started in 2000 was influential on King Mohammed VI, and he enacted a new Mudawana, or family law, in early 2004, meeting some of the demands of women’s rights activists.

So now my husband can go be with his other wife and I can divorce him.

Another incident that changed my family life happened on 16 May 2003.  Thirty three civilians were killed and more than 100 people were injured 16 May 2003, Casablanca bombing

when Casablanca was hit by a multiple suicide bomb attack carried out by Moroccans and claimed by some to have been linked to al-Qaeda. 12 suicide bombers struck five locations in the city.  A string of suicide bombings struck the city in early 2007.  My sister’s husband was killed during one of the bombings.  She and her three children will now live with us due to lack of income.

A good resource to consider would be 


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Fictional name, Nationality, Country and Region

Hi. I am Nyambura. I am Kenyan from Nairobi, Kenya.


The Kikuyu have a traditional worldview whereby it was identified as ancestor worship. According to their beliefs, the spirits of the dead can either be displeased or pleased in a similar manner to an individual (Countries and their Culture, n.d.). Despite this, the ancestors were honored in the name of intercessors with spiritual powers and God. Thus, their honor was portrayed through the naming system of new children whereby it was believed that the spirit of their ancestors or grandparents came in the form of a new childbearing their name. However, this has changed in the recent past after the adoption of Christianity and the scientific worldview. Initially, the Kikuyu believed in Ngai as the Supreme Being. The name was borrowed………………………


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