The Rich Culture & Prosperous Heritage of India
Once called ‘the golden sparrow’, the Indian culture dates back to about 4,500 years and is known to be one of the oldest cultures of the world. Looking at the history of this magnificent country, there have been numerous advances in many significant areas like architecture, medicine, mathematics, food, religion, art and languages. India, is perhaps, the only country with such a diverse range of religions, languages and dialects.
You will get to know about the rich culture and heritage of India, once you read the complete article. So, get ready to mesmerize yourselves:
Know about the Languages
As per the latest sources, the country has 29 States and 7 Union Territories. Though the national language of India is Hindi, there isn’t any official language. Some people, even to this date, write in the Devnagari script. Most people residing in other countries often think that Indians speak Hindi only. But this is not true! More than 50 per cent of the Indian population speaks languages other than Hindi like Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, etc.
Know about the Religion
The birthplace of the third and fourth largest religions, i.e. Hinduism and Buddhism respectively, is India. A vast majority of the Indian population is Hindu by religion. Of the remaining population, a large number of people belong to the Muslim religion. The rest of the population consists of Sikhs, Christians, Jains and Buddhists.
Know about the Food
Indian cuisines have been marked with a lot of historical happenings that took place in the country. When the Mughals came to India, they bought with themselves the delicious taste of various Mughlai dishes. Known to be a grand feast, this cuisine is prepared with a number of spices and herbs.
The staple Indian diet consists of rice, pulses and wheat. Known specifically for spices, the Indian food is richly prepared with hot peppers, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, garlic and many others.
Know the Art & Architecture
A well-known fact is that the seventh wonder of the world – the Taj Mahal – is situated in the Indian city of Agra. In the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a symbol of love. Many ancient temples are also situated at various holy and pilgrimage places across the country.
The Indian film industry, i.e. Bollywood, is also well known all over the world. Known for their extended singing and dancing sequences, the Indian movies showcase the Indian tradition and culture in full bloom. Art forms like singing and dancing have always been an integral part of the rich Indian heritage. Classical dance forms like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathakali, Manipuri, etc. date back their origins to ancient times.
Know about the Clothing
Anybody can easily identify Indian clothing with the traditional Indian Sarees. Beautiful and colourful sarees made with different kinds of materials are seen worn by a great number of women in India. Men are generally seen wearing dhoti, which is an unstitched cloth piece worn around the waist till the legs, and kurta, which is a long-stitched shirt that comes around the knees.
Know about the Festivals & Celebrations
India celebrates three National festivals, namely Republic Day (26th January), Independence Day (15thAugust) and Gandhi Jayanti, i.e. Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (2nd October). The biggest of all Indian festivals is Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus all over the country. This five-day long festival is also called ‘the festival of lights’ as people decorate their households with colourful lights and lamps, and distribute sweets to their friends and relatives. In the spring season, Indians celebrate another major another festival Holi. During Holi, people smear colours on one another, spreading love and happiness.
With so many diversities existing together at once, there can be only one country in this world, and that’s India!