|Bermuda Culture Bermuda culture greatly reflects on the heritage of its people, who are European and African descent. Bermuda is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and even though this is so, a strong historical connection with Canada, the United States, and former British colonies in the Caribbean is strongly present. |
To most American visitors, Bermudians seem to have adapted British culture in their customs, playing cricket, left hand drives, and having Queen Elizabeth II on their banknotes. On the other hand, to most British visitors, Bermuda seems to be more North American with dollar currency equal to the US dollar, televisions coming from the US, and Bermudian English sounding more similar to American English. In the US or Britain, Bermuda shorts are considered to be casual clothing, while in Bermuda culture they are measured to be a formal attire, worn with a jacket and tie.
Bermuda culture also seems to be much more conservative concerned with etiquette, compared to the UKs or North America. Asking for directions in Bermuda without first saying good morning or good afternoon is considered to be rude and hasty. This is a common cause of misunderstanding and embarrassment on the part of many British and US visitors for whom this is perfectly normal with no intentions of offence. Topless sun bathing is also against the law and is note merely frowned upon.
However, Bermudians can also stand for behaviors that would be measured eccentric elsewhere. A good example to this is that of Johnny Barnes, a retired bus driver who stands by the road in Hamilton, greeting commuters on their way to work often by name and greeting them and telling them all I love you, this esteem is what he is held for locally that a statue of him now stands in Hamilton.