Indians boast one of the oldest civilization in the world
over 5000 years old. Culture is the way
people behave and their way of lives. Culture is passed from generation to generation
although majority of practices gets eroded Indians have kept their culture vibrant.
We can see culture in the food we eat,
attire we dress and the way we worship together. The Indian culture such as
religion, cuisine and Philosophy have great impact across the world.
Indians have kept their Hinduism religion that is one of the
oldest. Majority are Practice Hinduism followed distant third by Christianity (First Post. August 26, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-22.). Buddhism
is another religion in India that was founded by the famous teachings of the
Lord Gautama Buddha. Inspire of many
religion differences the people of India live in peace and tolerance of each
Marriage in Indian culture is an interesting thing. Marriage
is arranged by the parents and it’s the bride that pays the dowry to the bridegroom.
This practice is still done even now. The divorce rate in India is low compared
to the United States and Europe.
India, being a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and
multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various
religions. The three national holidays in India, the Independence Day, the
Republic Day and the Gandhi Jayanti, are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm
across India. In addition, many Indian states and regions have local festivals
depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics.
Greetings include Namaste (Hindi and Sanskrit), Namaskar
(Hindi), Juhar/Namaskar in Odia, Namaskar (Marathi).All these are common greetings or salutations among people , and
are forms of farewell when they depart
culture is defined by a relatively strict social hierarchy. He also mentions
that from an early age, children are reminded of their roles and places in
society. Strict social taboos have governed these groups for thousands
Dalmia, Vasudha and Rashmi Sadana (editors), The Cambridge
Companion to Modern Indian Culture, Cambridge University Press, ISBN
Grihault, Nicki. Culture Smart! India: A Quick Guide to
Customs and Etiquette. ISBN 1-85733-305-5.
Henderson, Carol E. (2002). Culture and Customs of India.
Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-30513-7.
Naipaul, V.S, India: A Million Mutinies Now, ISBN
Nilakanta Sastri, A history of South India from prehistoric
times to the fall of Vijayanagar, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-560686-8
Tully, Mark. No Full Stops in India. ISBN 0-14-010480-1
Patra, Avinash (2012), The Spiritual Life and Culture of
India, Oxford University Press, England.