How do you describe Louisiana? That is a hard one because Louisiana is like no other state. Louisiana became a state on April 30, 1812. Louisiana is 51,843 square miles. The state is divided into north and south Louisiana, but throughout the state the culture is the same. When people that are not from Louisiana talk about Louisiana they seem to think there are alligators in very mud puddle and all we do is party in New Orleans. There is a lot more to Louisiana than people think. The religion, music, people, food, and language are all very unique to Louisiana and make a culture own like anything else.
Within Louisiana there are several different religions. Many people from Louisiana are descendants of Europeans and practice Catholicism (Louisiana Creole Culture). According to a study done in 2010, the top five denominations of religion in Louisiana in this order are: Catholic, Southern Baptist, non-denomination, United Methodist, and National Baptist convention (Louisiana Religion Statistics). Religion is big part of Louisiana. People know that every Sunday you go church.
A large part of Louisiana people love to party and have good time. One way they do that is by playing jazz and zydeco music. Zydeco music is a type of music with an upbeat tempo that, originated in Louisiana in the early 20th century (Louisiana Creole Culture). Zydeco music is not played anywhere else in the United States and is a part of Louisiana culture. If you were to go to New Orleans, no matter the time of day, there is a big chance there will be someone on street playing a trumpet or drum singing music. For the people that is their way of expressing their happiness.
People in Louisiana are sometimes called Cajun, Louisianan, creole or Southern. No matter what you want to call them they are some of the nicest people. The name Creole was started for the upper-class people of Louisiana. Louisianans are big on hospitality and very polite. People in the South are always nice and willing to help one another in any way they can. There are lots of different kinds of people that settled in Louisiana such as English, German, West Indians, Africans, Irish and Italians, but the original settlers were the French, Spanish, and Acadians (About Louisiana). The culture that has developed in Louisiana over the years took several generations. Each generation adding something special to the culture so that Louisiana keeps being the unique place it is. The people of Louisiana had to survive a lot to get where they are today. A lot of the people that live in South Louisiana are simple, hardworking, lower class people that live off the land.
The language in Louisiana is very different than any other state in the United States. If you live in South Louisiana, your accent would be more Cajun than if you lived in North Louisiana. The people in North Louisiana have slight Cajun accent, but mostly have a southern accent. The Cajun language came from the French. The words such as y’all, laissez les bon temps rouler, and geaux are words that are used in Louisiana. Laissez les bon temps rouler means let the good times roll and geaux means go. Throughout the state English is the language that is used most often, and Cajun French is mostly used only in the home (Rudolphy,2017).
Food is a big thing throughout Louisiana. Anytime you go to someone’s house they will fix you some kind of food. Both Creole and Cajun cooking developed in Southern Louisiana but popular in Northern Louisiana too. According to the article Ducote wrote, Creole cooking is city food and Cajun cooking is country food. Both styles use fresh local food, but the preparation is different. Cajun and Creole cuisine is popular throughout to the State of Louisiana. Cajun cooking tends to be more robust and has more spice to it (About Louisiana. A lot of Cajuns live off the land and use the natural resources they have in order to survive. They live in the bayous and swamps were fish, shellfish, and wild game are all around them. Cajun food was shaped by were they settled. Cajun cooking is simple and most of the dishes can be cooked all in one pot. Seasoning is big part of Cajun cooking in Louisiana, and most of the dishes start with the holy trinity which uses onion, celery, and bell pepper (Ducote,2018). They had an abundance of wild game, seafood, wild vegetables and herbs in order to make their dishes. Creole cuisine comes from French, Spanish, African, Native American, and Caribbean influences (Louisiana Creole Culture). Creole cooking is all about sauces and the sauces are creamy and full of favors with use of herbs and spices. Creole food represents Louisiana’s flair and imagination. Unlike the Cajuns, the Creole people were the upper class and felt they needed to cook like their European ancestors did. Creole cooking is more complex than Cajun. Unlike Cajun cooking, Creole cooking cooks all the ingredients separately and serves them separately too. They were able to afford rare spices and other foods from Europe that were not readily found in Louisiana. Creole food uses mostly butter, pepper, salt and herbs to season their food. Creole cooking uses celery, bell pepper, and onions, cooked in a roux as a starting point for a lot of Creole dishes (Ducote, 2018). Unique to Louisiana is a kind of tomato called creole tomato. The tomato is only grown in Louisiana and has a slight spice to it.

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