The culture of Guernsey
is the culture of the island of Guernsey
which has been shaped by its indigenous Norman language
and traditions as well as French
) and British
) cultural influences, to which have been added cultural trends from immigrant communities such as the Portuguese
The national animals of the island of Guernsey are the donkey
and the Guernsey cow
. The traditional explanation for the donkey (âne
in French and Guernésiais) is the steepness of St Peter Port
streets that necessitated beasts of burden for transport (in contrast to the flat terrain of the rival capital of Saint Helier
), although it is also used in reference to Guernsey inhabitants' stubbornness who boast that they are "stubborn as a mule, with a kick like a horse!"
The Guernsey cow is a more internationally famous icon of the island. As well as being prized for its rich creamy milk, which is claimed by some to hold health benefits over milk from other breeds, Guernsey cattle are increasingly being raised for their beef, which has a distinctive flavour and rich yellow fat. Although the number of individual islanders raising these cattle for private supply has diminished significantly since the 1960s, Guernsey steers can still be occasionally seen grazing on L'Ancresse common.
There is also a breed of goat known as the Golden Guernsey, which is distinguished by its golden-coloured coat At the end of World War II
, the Golden Guernsey... Read More