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Concepts of time and punctuality in Latin America vary based on place, circumstance, and subculture. In business environments, individuals are not expected to be precisely punctual because of the emphasis on personal interaction over clock watching. In social environments, punctuality is a loose concept. Parties and social gatherings can start up to two hours after the designated start date so as to not catch the hostess unprepared. In some Latin American communities, people take a traditional siesta between the hours of approximately 2pm and 5pm. During siesta, there are no meetings, business engagements, or pre-arranged gatherings.
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