Indian culture and tradition are famous all over the world. As we all know that India’s culture and traditions are very diverse, colorful and unique due to which these are celebrated every year in the same ways or trends. Because of these traditions, many tourists love to come and visit India. Below this, there are some amazing Indian customs and traditions which are celebrated across the place.
Here are 11 interesting Indian customs and traditions:
1. The Namaste
Namaste is a well-known gesture in India tradition to welcome guests. Namaste, namaskar, or ‘namaskaara’ are one of the five forms of ancient salutation mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures, The Vedas. It means “I bow to you”, and greeting each other, is a way of saying “Meet our minds”, indicates the fold palms placed before the chest. The word namaha cab be translated as ‘na ma’ (not mine), which denote the reductions of ego in the presence of the other one.
2. Always a Festive Season
India has lot of festivals because diverse number of religions and groups like, Muslims celebrate Eid, Christians celebrate Christmas and Good Friday, Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi famous for harvesting of crop, and in Sikhisim, Sikhs celebrates the birthdays of their Gurus and the Hindus have Diwali, Holi, Makar Sakranti,Jains have Mahavir Jayanti, Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s birthday on Buddha Poornima and many more. All these religions and festivals have their own values and we usually celebrate by giving holiday in our book.
3. Joint Families
In India, the concept of combined family or joint family is universal. Families used to live together and they still live. This is because of the tackiness behavior of the Indian society, and it is also said to be helpful in managing standards and stress.
Fasting is an important part of Hindu culture. In Hindi language, Fast is known as Vrats or Upvas. People usually take fast to show their sincerity or giving thanks to the Gods and Goddesses. They observe fast on various religious occasions and also some people like to observe fast on different days of a week in favour of special God or Goddess connected with that particular day. The idea behind this is to strengthen the body and punishing yourself for cleansing the sins by taking fast.
5. Holy Cow
In Indian culture, Cow worshiped as a Holy animal.Its worshiped as a symbol of mother. God Lord Krishna, who grew up as a calf is often described as playing between the cows and the Gopis(milkmaids) dancing to his music. Lord Krishna is also known by the name of ‘Govinda’ or ‘Gopala’ which means “friend and protected of cow”. That’s why, cows play an important role in Indian culture and religion. Even Lord Shiva’s vehicle was Nandi- The Holi cow. So, raising a cow or making contributions for cow shelters is an important belief in Indians. Cows are a source of livelihood. Although cow dung is a major factor and fuel consumption, especially in rural India. Killing the cow or consuming cow meet is considered as a crime and many states in India some laws regarding cows just to save them.
6. The Science Behind Temples
Most of the temples are located along with the magnetic wave lines of the earth which usually help to boost energy efficiency. Temple is a place where anyone can get good wives, peaceful mind and increase the physical strength which will improve the performance of human being. Also, while entering to the temple, it will practice to remove footwear before entering religious places as they bring the mud to a clean and dedicated environment.
7. Arrange Marriage System
The idea of arranged marriage in India starts from the early Vedic age. For royal families, an event called ‘Swayambar’ will be organized for the bride. Competitions from all over the state were called to compete to win the bride or the bride choose her best. Even today, the concept of arranged marriages is a favorite among Indians, a definite part of ‘Indian Culture’.
8. Religious Symbols
Indian traditions and scriptures have many signs and symbols that have many meanings. For example, the use of the Swastika, in the Indian context, does not refer to Adolf Hitler or Nazism. The sign is Lord Ganesha, the removal of curtains. The Swastika’s hands have a variety of techniques. These represent the four Vedas, the four groups, or the four themes that people pursue.
9. Atithi Devo Bhavah
In India, the term ‘Atithi Devo Bhavah’ is also included. It means ‘the guest is like a God’. A Sanskrit verse taken from Hindu scriptures later became part of the ‘Methodology for Hindu’ groups because the visitor is very important in Indian culture.
10. Indian Ethnic Wear
Indian women are most commonly seen in ‘saris’ sport. The sari is a single piece of fabric that does not need to be stitch; it is easy to wear, and it adheres to religious traditions. At first it started out as a Hindu but very beautiful tradition that has spread throughout all religions. This is similar to the ‘Kurta-Pajama’ and the ‘Sherwani’ religious attire for Indian men of all religions.
11. Indian Dances
India is a country of ‘unity in diversity’. There are many types of forms in dance which classified as folk or classical which come from different parts of country, and they represent the cultural background. Basically there are eight dance forms, referred to as Indian dance music and the Hindu Sanskrit word ‘Natyashashtra’:
Some of the famous dance forms are:-
- Bharatnatyam from Tamil Nadu
- Kathakali from Kerela
- Kathak from North, West and Central India
- Mohiniyattam from Kerela
- Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh
- Oddisi from Odhisa
- Manipuri from Manipur
- Sattriya from Assam
10. Indian Food
Indian food and cuisine are not only part of Indian culture, but they are also one of the main factors in the popularity of India worldwide. The style of cooking varies from region to region, although Indian cuisine is very popular for its extensive use of spices and herbs. Just like dances, religious activities, language and clothing, people may find a variety of foods throughout the country. Every region is known for its signature dish. Although, vegetarian food is an integral part of Gujarati South Indian and Rajasthani cuisine whereas non-vegetarian dishes are a central part of the Mughlai, Bengali, North Indian and Punjabi cuisines. Even the McDonald in India has more vegetarian menu than non vegetarian.