Culture and diversity guide


Festivals These would vary considerably, based upon the country of origin and the individual’s own religious belief.   Dress



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Festivals

These would vary considerably, based upon the country of origin and the individual’s own religious belief.

 

Dress

Dress would largely depend on a person’s country of origin as well as their faith.

 

Diet

This would vary considerably, based upon the country of origin and the individual’s own religious belief.

 

Birth

Traditions associated with the birth of children, would differ depending on the country of origin and a person’s religious beliefs.

 

Names

Religion and colonialism have transformed traditional African naming practices. Many people across Africa have adopted Christian or Muslim personal names. Administrative requirements have led to the introduction of surnames, usually African style, e.g. Robert Mugabe. Some people however, will have both African personal and family names, e.g. Jomo Kenyatta. Because of these influences most African people in Britain will have a personal, or in some cases two personal names, followed by a family name.

 

Under the West African naming system, women are likely to retain their own names on marriage due to their importance in property ownership, trade, ancestry and inheritance often following the female line. Because of this, husbands and wives may not necessarily have any names in common. Also, many West Africans have at least four personal names, which may include a Christian or Muslim name, a name given after a relative or friend, a birth order name and a day name.



 

A Somali name will consist of a first name, followed by their father’s name, then that of the grandfather. Usually, a Somali is known by the combination of these three names. The naming system is the same for both genders. Traditionally, women retain their own names on marriage although in Britain a Somali woman may take her husband’s family (grandfather’s name) on marriage.

 



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