The Indian Culture

Indian culture refers to the unique and distinct cultures of all communities and religions present in India. India’s languages, dance, religion, music, food, architecture, and customs differ from place to place within the nation. Indian culture often said to be the mixture of many cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been formed by a history that is several millennia old. Many aspects of India’s diverse cultures, such as Indian philosophy, religion, cuisine, dance, languages, movies, and music have a deep impact across the world.

Indian religious culture

Most Indian religions- Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism are all founded on the idea of karma and dharma. Ahimsa, a way of thinking, is a significant aspect of native Indian beliefs whose notable proponent was Mahatma Gandhi who through common insubordination united India against the British Raj. His way of thinking motivated Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American social liberties development. Foreign-origin religions, including Abrahamic religions, for example, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are likewise present in India. India has 29 states with various cultures and the second most populated nation in the world. The Indian culture is an amalgamation of a few different societies, span over the Indian subcontinent. Most Indian culture has been affected and formed by a history that is a few thousand years. Since the beginning of India, Indian culture has been intensely affected by Dharmic religions. They have been credited with forming quite a bit of Indian way of thinking, writing, engineering, craftsmanship, and music.

Family structure and marriage

India has a predominant tradition of the joint family culture. This means extended family members – parents/guardians, children, the children’s life partner, and their offspring, live together. Generally, the most established or the oldest male member is the leader/head in the joint Indian family.

Festivals

India is a multi-cultural and multi-religious country. India’s national holidays are the Republic Day, Independence Day, and the Gandhi Jayanti. Also, many Indian regions have local and traditional festivals which depend on linguistics and religious demographics. Popular religious festivals include the Janmashtami, Hindu festivals of Navratri, Maha Shivratri, Diwali, Durga Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Dussehra, Ugadi, Vasant, and Panchami. Several harvest festivals such as Sohrai, Makar Sankranti, Hornbill, Pusnâ, Chapchar Kut, Onam and Raja Sankranti swinging festival are also fairly well known.

Cuisines

Indian cuisine can be divided into five classes – southern, northern, western, eastern, and northeastern. Indian cuisine diversity is defined by the differing use of many herbs and spices, wide range cooking techniques and recipes. Their cuisines are widely popular in Asian and most part of Middle East. Though a large portion of Indian dish is vegetarian, many Indian foods also include meats like beef, egg, chicken, fish and pork, mutton and other seafood.

Clothing

Clothing in India varies across different regions of the country and is motivated by geography, local culture, rural/urban settings, and climate. Popular styles of dress include garments such as sari for ladies and dhoti for men. Indian women use makeup and ornaments to perfect their sense of charm. Bangles, earrings and other jewelry are common. On special celebrations, such as a marriage ceremony, women can wear bright colors with various pieces of jewelry made with silver, gold or other gems. Bindi is often an important part of an Indian woman’s make up worn on their forehead.

Sports

Field hockey was known to be India’s National game, but this is now denied by India’s Government, clarifying on an RIA (Right to Information Act) filed that the country has not acknowledged any sport as the national game. At a period when it was well known, the field hockey team of India won 8 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals and the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup at the Olympic Games. However, India’s field hockey does not have the following as before. Cricket is said to be the most popular sport in India. The national cricket team of India won the Cricket World Cup of 1983, the Cricket World Cup of 2011, the ICC Champions Trophy of 2013, the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, and shared the ICC Champions Trophy of 2002 with Sri Lanka. Local competitions include the Duleep Trophy, Ranji Trophy, the Deodhar Trophy, the Challenger Series, and the Irani Trophy.