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Culture:
The way you live your life; how you act, what you do, or what you believe based on you surroundings of a particular group.


Family Life:
Family Life in India
Family Life in India

Most of the families in India are extended families. Each member is given a role based on his/her gender or age. Families continuously support children throughout their lives and they are cherished and considered as gifts from God. Children are expected to respect elders and parents, wishes, and family ties. Religion, traditional practices, and regional differences influence family structures.Indian woman are well known for their spirit of sacrifice and devotion. Mothers are especially respected in Indian society. Cows are sacred because they represent motherhood. Mata=mother. Indian parents give their whole life to raising their children. They also expect their children to take care of them in their old ages. Grandparents are an important part of an Indian family.


Dating and Marriage:
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Most get married in the late 20's and 30's of age. The traditional wedding contains the priest, the bride, and the groom acting as gods. The bride and groom recites the marriage verse while walking around a fire. Some used to do traditions like wife-beating and wife-burning, but are now illegal. Wife-burning- when the husband dies, his widow is burned with him alive.Divorce is "unthinkable." Remaing single means a person has no social status. The rate of divorce is increasing. No dating, by tradition.Weddings are around night. Sometimes the couple is picked while they are children, and they believe their parents pick well. The wedding is at the bride's house, then the groom comes on a horseback dressed as a warrior. The wedding unites the families, not just the two.


Religion:
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India is a country where religious diversity and religious tolerance is established in both law and custom. Throughout the history of India, religion has been an important part of the country's culture. India is the birth place of four of the world's major religious traditions. Many other world religions also have a relationship with Indian spiritually. Hinduism is the world's third largest religion. Hinduism is often said to be the oldest organized religion. They recognize a single diety, and view other Gods and Goddesses as manifestations or aspects of that supreme God. 
With the origins of Hinduism and Buddhism in India, religion is considered to be extremely important. Of the two religions, Hinduism is infinitely more popular, with an incredible 82 percent of the population practicing it. Within this majority, there are significant differences in the belief systems and caste divisions. Although there is division in some areas of Hinduism, there are many areas in common. They will all go to the pilgrimage sites, coming from all over India and will- if they go to a Brahman priest for birth, marriage and/or death rituals- hear the same Sanskrit verses from hundreds of years ago.


Languages:
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The official language of India is Hindi, with English as a secondary language.
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu



Cultural Patterns:

Indian Dance
Indian Dance




The Cultural Heritage of India is a vibrant mosaic of lively and magnificent colors. Indian Culture encompasses a unique blend of food, fashion, festivals, dance, and music.

 Leisure Activities:
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Those who live in rural areas have more leisure time than those who live in the hustle and bustle of the city. Activities done in the countryside include: street shows (snake charming for example), indoor games such as chess, parchessi, and 5 stones, outdoor games, and competitive ones such as Kabaddi. Leisure activities also include poplular British games, soccer, hockey, cricket, story telling, games from the past, movies, TV, and Bollywood dancing.


Arts:
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 Traditional Indian theatre is more like dance drama. Classical dances are based on standards laid down by the sage Bharatha more than 2,000 years ago. They pertain to footwork, gestures, facial expressions, dress, and make up. Traditional Indian dance falls in classical and folk. They have rigid rules.
6 classical dance forms-
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Kathak
  • Kathakali
  • Kucipudi
  • Manipuri
  • Orissi

Link to Indian Dance

Music:


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Indian classical music has two school's, Hindustani and Carnatic.Hindustani- music of Northern India, influenced by Arabic and Iranian music, as a result of the Muslim invasions of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Music is spiritual in character. Sound is believed to have originated as a divine gift of Lord of all creations, Brahma.Carnatic- music of Southern India, envolved from Hindu traditions thousands of years ago.
Link to Hindustani Music
Link to Carnatic Music


Food:
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Most dishes are based on an onion-spice mixture that has to be browned in oil. Hindus do not eat beef, and Muslims do not eat pork. Meat curries are made from goat or chicken. Most Indians are vegitarians. Two of three people eat rice daily, usually with a bowl of lentil soup called bal. Most North Indians eat some form of roti at least once a day. Roti is a flat pancake like bread. They are usually baked. Once baked they are called chappattis, which are sometimes stuffed with grated veggies and fried in oil. Those who can afford it like to eat dished made by milk. Panir is a homemade cheese."You are what you eat."

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Famous India:
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-The Movie Slumdog Millionaire takes place in Mumbai, India. It is a film about a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums. He becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
-The Taj Mahal,a monument in Agra, India, is known as one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife who pasted away. Today it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable structures in the world.
-The Ganges River, is the greatest and most famous waterway in india. It is also one of the longest rivers in the world. The Ganges River is known as a religious icon and is a spiritual center because the people rely on the river for their life functions in the area. This river provides almost endless uses; the main functions of the river are agricultural use, industrial use, as an energy source, transportation, Drinking, bathing, and baptisms.
-Bollywood is a Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry. Bollywoods film's are almost always musicals. When Indians pay money for a film they expect drama, romance, action, musical numbers, etc... all in one. The movies that are not filled with these things usually don't sell. This is why very few films are made without at least one musical number or dance. Bollywood films are often melodramatic. Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world.
-Ghandi was also born and raised in India







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