Social Profile

Food & Drink : The staple diet for most East Timorese is similar to that of Indonesians - rice and spices - although at present there may be difficulty in obtaining a variety of foods outside main urban areas due to the unstable political situation, the financial situation of many of the people and internal logistical difficulties. In Dili, there is a number of restaurants and cafes serving ‘western’ cuisine, catering to the foreigners living and working there.

Shopping : Batik and embroidered fabrics in traditional patterns and colours are a good souvenir buy; others include woodcarvings and silverwork.

Special Events : Celebrations of Christian festivals, plus commemorations of landmark dates in East Timor’s recent independence are the most common special events (see Public Holidays section).

Social Conventions :
Most social courtesies are fairly formal. Many conventions will be similar to those of Indonesia (despite their political and religious differences) and many old East Timorese conventions will doubtless come to the fore in the coming years.

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