Republic of India and Her Amazing Culture
Officially Republic of India, but commonly called India is a southern Asian country. India happens to be the seventh largest country in the area and is also the second most populous country in the world.
Being a large nation with a large mass, one can only think of all the things to experience if ever on a visit. Today, I’d be highlighting a few things from the culture of Indian people.
Indian dishes vary from one region to another, according to cultural diversity and demographics. A significant portion of Indian food is vegetarian, though many of their traditional dishes include chicken, beef, lamb, fish and other meats. Indians are known to love spicy food and the use of spices in the enhancement of aroma, flavor and preparation of meals varies, and this is as a result of other cultural influences throughout history.
You find that the staple foods from India include pearl millet, rice, whole-whole flour beans and variety lentils. Sweet dishes are often seasoned with cardamom, saffron, nutmeg and rose petal essences.
Culture in immediate environment, climate, rural/urban settings are some of the factors that influence the way Indians are dresses. Traditionally, women are dressed in draped garments including Assari’s while men are in their Panche attires. Jewelry and make up are used like other women to beautify themselves. Bindi is a glaring mark on an Indian woman’s forehead, and it happens to be an essential part of the Hindu woman’s make-up. Traditionally, red Bindi are worn by married Hindu women and colored Bindi by single women, but over time, having a Bindi has become a fashion statement for all.
Like a lot of other countries with rich traditional attires, westernized fashion has been influenced by their aesthetics and also found its was into their wardrobes.
Weddings call for festivity everywhere and the Indians are not left behind on this. As a festive occasion they go the extra mile decorations, colors, music, dance, costumes and rituals. The extent to which they go on these is usually determined by the religion of the bride and groom in question. It is said that over 80% of the weddings in India are Hindu weddings as Hindu is the widest spread religion in India.
India has a number of cultural, ethnic and religious societies which all celebrate their own festivals. However, there are three major holidays in India where everyone takes part in celebrates with enthusiasm and zeal; they include: the Independence Day, Republic Day and the Gandhi Jayanti.
P.S. Did you know that a quite a number of words in the English dictionary are borrowed from India? Now you know. A few of these words include; Bandana, Bangles, Bungalow, Dungarees, Jungle, Khaki, Nirvana, Shampoo, Shawl, Yoga.