• Srijita Pathak

5 Tantalizing aspects of Indian Culture

-By: Srijita Pathak

The extravagance and majestic wonders of the Indian heritage and culture are not alien to anyone across the globe, but what makes it so tantalizing?

It is a deep-rooted culture which derives its base from the pre-historic times.

India is considered to be endowed in terms of its heritage, historical significance and the varied nature of various cultures within the country.

Indian society is a perfect blend of people with different native languages and cultures. The varied value systems and beliefs makes every culture unique and distinctive in its own.

This article will help you delve deep into exploring the fascinating aspects of the rich Indian culture.

1. Language

The Eight Constitution of India consists of 22 languages, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri.

These languages are predominantly spoken across the nation by people of various communities.

The official languages of the country are Hindi and English which bring the people together.

All of these languages also have varied dialects and classifications among them. This variedness becomes an integral feature of the Indian culture and makes it stand out.

2. Clothing/Attire

If you take a tour through the Indian Subcontinent, you fill find differences in how the people dress up and what fabrics they prefer. The people living in the Southern part of India are more inclined towards silk and clothing items made from silk.

Kanjeevaram saree is one such example of a popular silk clothing item. This item is famous across the nation, it is nine-yards of hand-woven silk fabric decorated with gold thread. It worn by women throughout the country at various ceremonies.

Western part of India is known for its cotton mills and ‘khadi’ products. Gujarat and Maharashtra are the states which the leading producers of cotton in the country.

West Bengal is known for it ‘tant’ fabric, which is hand-woven fabric used to make sarees and are stitched with varied patterns.

These are some meagre examples of the diversity in ‘what people wear’ across the nation, there are lot more variations in different states.

3. Food/delicacies

The Indian people also have varied tastes when it comes to their choice of food. India is host to a large variety of cuisines ranging from North Indian food comprising of scrumptious meat-based dishes like that of ‘butter chicken’ to South Indian food donned by dosas and vadas.

Rice/ Wheat is the staple food for most part of the country with variety in accompaniments. India’s food platter also serves us with a wide range of desserts like that of,

‘rasmalai’(cottage cheese balls dipped in sugar syrup served in a mixture of milk and dry fruits),

‘gulab jamun’(deep-fried milk-solid-based sweet dipped in sugar syrup) and many more to offer.

4. Religion

India is a secular country which connotes to the fact that it is home to all the major religious values and systems. The major religions in India include, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, all of these religions have their own religious places across the nation.

5. Festivals

Indian people are very extravagant in nature and celebrate various festivals throughout the year, they celebrate all the festivals with equal splendor. The festivals also promote the essence of belongingness to a community and develop good bonds with the people through communal sharing.

Summarizing, India is bestowed with a wide array of customs, beliefs and value-systems, but that doesn’t hinder the sense of nationality an individual feels for the country.

Indians believe in community living and embrace all cultures and beliefs with equal warmth and make it their own.

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