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INDIAN CULTURE

NAMASTE!!

The uniqueness of such country as India is indisputable. The culture of this country is so rich that many of its aspects are easily recognized and well known around the world. It is no wonder, as Indian culture is one of the oldest cultures of all times.

The culture in India is everything such as inherited ideas, way of people’s living, beliefs, rituals, values, habits, care, gentleness, knowledge, etc. Culture is the way we behave to others, how softly we react to things, our understanding towards values, ethics, principles, and beliefs. People of old generations pass their cultures and beliefs to their next generation. India is a big melting pot having various beliefs and behaviors which gave birth to different cultures here.

Various religions have their origin from very old age almost five thousand years. It is considered as Hinduism was originated from Vedas. All the holy Hindu scriptures have been scripted in the sacred Sanskrit language. It is also believed that Jainism has ancient origin and their existence was in the Indus Valley. Buddhism is another religion which was originated in the country after the teachings of Lord Gautama Buddha. Christianity was brought here later by the French and Britishers who ruled here for almost two centuries long time. In this way various religions were originated in ancient time or brought to this country by any means. However, People of each religion live here peacefully together without affecting their rituals and beliefs.

Variety of eras came and gone but no one was so powerful to change the influence of our real culture. Our ethnic culture always teaches us to behave well, respect elders, care helpless people and always help the needy and poor people. It is our religious culture that we should do fasting, worship, offer Gange Jal, Surya Namaskar, touch feet of elder in family, practice yoga and meditation on daily basis, serve food and water to the hungry and disabled people. We always welcome our guests like a God very happily, that’s why India is famous for a common saying “Atithi Devo Bhava”. The basic roots of our great culture are humanity and spiritual practices.

Let’s have a look at the traditions and customs in India that make this country so unique.

Tradition

Indians cherish traditions. It is a wisdom that is passed from generation to generation. Due to respect for the traditions for many centuries, India managed to keep its unity, originality and identity.

Family

Citizens of India are very respectful of family values, and the number of divorces is extremely low in comparison with other countries. They also respect elders in the family whose advice is a high priority. The final word is always after elders, as they have more experience, and the younger generation has a chance to learn from that.

Diversity

India is often associated with the word “diversity”. It is no wonder, as many languages are spoken, many religions are professed, and people of many races are welcomed to live freely in this country.

Clothes and jewelry

India is famous for many things, but its traditional clothes are so distinguishable that they are recognized all over the world. Ethnic Indian saris are recognizable worldwide. Men clothes are as spectacular looking as women’s. As for jewelry, it is so exquisite that when you see it, you just want to try it on yourself straight away.

Food

Indian food is popular all over the world. And it is no wonder, as the unique combination of ingredients, herbs and spices makes this food so popular. Also, Indians have quite specific rules in dining. Food is generally served according to hierarchy. Men and children are being served first; however, if there is a guest, so he is a priority. As for women, they may eat after everyone has been served food. Notably, most of the time alcohol is not welcomed on the dining table.

Restrictions in social behavior

In conversation, it is advisable to stand quite away from a person you are talking to, as a sign of respect for their personal space. You need to make sure that you do not touch another person, especially with your shoes or bare feet. Public display of emotions is not welcomed, i.e. either it’s anger or affection, emotions need to stay private.

India is for sure a precious gem. It seems that wherever you go, you will end up facing some exclusive piece of art in the form of painting, architecture or simply nature masterpiece. No wonder that this country is such a popular tourist destination. India is a party for mind and soul. You can enjoy the beauty of this country visually as well as spiritually.

Perhaps not everyone knows that Indian culture is one of the oldest, richest and most diverse cultures in the world. India is truly a wonder, and if you have a chance to visit this beautiful and amazing country, just do so. You won’t regret that experience. That’s for sure.

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