Inherited from the Spanish colonization, Colombia in general maintains a large base of Roman Catholic traditions which largely influences its culture and multicultural society despite the presence of other beliefs. The mixture and variety of the different ethnic traditions has developed unique hybrids of musical and dancing expressions such as Cumbia and Vallenato.
Colombia also has many festivals and carnivals through out the year, most of these celebrate religious traditions. Some important carnivals include: Barranquilla's 'Carnival of Blacks and Whites', 'Independence day' every July 20th, 'Holy Week', and 'Christmas'.
The Cuisine of Colombia is a mixture of Spanish, Italian, and French cuisine. American cuisine and Latin American cuisines such as the Mexican and the Caribbean have a strong influence. Local indigenous cuisine is also popular.