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Know Our India: Indian Cultures

Indian culture which has been able to leave a mark on the whole world happens to be one of oldest cultures, dating back to almost 5000 years ago. Throughout this span our culture has experienced continuous additions and modifications. India has always welcomed different cultures from various parts of the world and adopting the best of all into one. But even during this course of modifications we preserved our originality.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer said:
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”

The rich ethical values which we inherit from our ancestors are one of the major aspects of Indian Culture. Love & Respect has always been an integral part of our values. We have always respected - our elders, our parents, our teachers and our guests.

We love and respect our elders and they form an integral part of any Indian family. Most of the families that we see are joint families with at least three generations staying together harmoniously. Elders impart their knowledge and values to their children whereas children in turn take blessings from elders by touching their feet.

In an Indian married couple – Wife treats her Husband as “Devta” which means God and respects him a lot, whereas a wife is called an “Ardhangini” which means half part of the body (of Husband).

Guests in Indian culture are considered as God himself and treated with great respect and dignity, as the famous Sanskrit saying goes – “Atithi Devo Bhava”. This means that the guests coming to home and also to our country from any part of the world is not just a guest for us but as auspicious as God.

India being the largest democracy in the world is a home to some of the most ancient civilizations, including religions like Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Not only these, we have many other religions which are being practiced in India. Being home to so many varied religions, fasts and rituals form an integral part of our culture, related to the above mentioned religions. Also there are lots of festivals celebrated in India like Holi, diwali, etc and everyone enjoys these festivals irrespective of their caste and creed.

Being helpful and supportive is another important lesson which Indian culture teaches to all. Our culture tells us about multiplying and distributing our joy and happiness with others and sharing their griefs and sorrows. India is one of the few countries in the World who follow the path of non-violence. All these dynamic features make Indian culture an exclusive culture which is always open to welcome any new features.

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