India is known as Land of Cultures. With the vast demographic land we are privilege to a mix of diversities in customs, rituals, traditions, language, etc., that varies from region to region within the country.
Most of the Customs and Tradition originates back from the ancient times. The ancient scriptures and text provided the glimpse of the life in existence on earth and in India. India is known for the oldest civilisation from the era of Ram-Rajya & Mahabharata to Moguls and Britishers.
“Atithi Devo Bhava”
this Sanskrit verse has been stated in our scriptures which denotes “Guest is Our God”.
There has been tradition of welcoming guest in India with Folded hands and bowing down. India back in history also has welcomed people from all across the globe Moghuls, The French, The Persians, the Greeks, Arabs, Portuguese and many others.
India as part of its tradition also worships many Animals which are considered to be sacred like Cows.
India has been home to various religious community be it Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Paris and others. This also given India the reasons to celebrate festivals falling under each of the religion with great pomp. Celebration of the festivals has always been a treat to watch. Each of the state has also its peculiar ways of celebrating the festivals. Makar Sankranti the festival of kites in Gurjarat, Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra to Dusshera in Bengaluru are some of the must places during these festive seasons.
Traditionally India has the culture of Arranged Marriages and joint family system. Although with the more people migrating for works to Metro and Urban cities, we see the concept of joint family system diminishing in the cities. However the arrange marriage concept is still prevalent in many part of the country. India is linguistically very diverse as well. Hindi and English remains the major language of conversation across the country. Officially there are around 23 schedule language which has been recognised by the constitution of India. Apart from this there are around more than 400 language and dialects which are spoken across the country. In fact in few state there are so many dialects that it changes after few kms.
Food is also one of the things which bind the nation together. Again each of the states come with its signature dishes be it Paratha’s from North to Vada Pav in West to Idli and Dosa in South and Jalmuri in East. With the change of season dishes also changes making it perfect to savour with the weather around. There is special Street Food Festival of India which is organised across Metros and is defiantly worth a visit to get the glimpse of the dishes enjoyed across the country. One thing associated with food is being eaten with hands instead of using the cutlery. While this sounds bit odd, but it has its own benefits as well. The tip of the finger helps to check the temperature before one eats. Further it is also established that eating with hands slower the process which actually helps in digestion.
There are various other thousands of traditions and culture which is followed in India across the various cities and villages. An outsider gets perplexed with so many traditions being followed in the country, but we are truly blessed to be part of this country and witness and be a very much part of it.