Indian culture is something that very diverse and unique. Indian culture is full of unique customs and traditions, which make outsiders really intrigued. These are 4 interesting customs and traditions of India.
- The Namaste
The Namaste is considered as the most popular Indian customs, which is one of the five forms of traditional greetings mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas. The word “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste means “I bow to you.”
To perform Namaste, we put the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. This is an especially deep form of respect.
- Always a Festive Season
India is well known all over the world as a country of many cultural and traditional festivals because it has many religions and groups.
The Christians have Christmas, and Good Friday, the Muslims celebrate Eid, the Sikhs have Baisakhi (harvesting of the crop), and the birthdays of their Gurus and the Hindus have Diwali, Holi, Makar Sakranti, and in fact, the number is endless. People from each religion have their own traditional festivals. Some of the festivals are celebrated in the entire nation.
- Joint Families
In India, there is the concept of a joint family, in which the entire family (parents, wife, children and even relatives) all live together. The joint family or extended family system is a special characteristic of the Indian social life. The family has joint property, the earnings of all family members are put in a common fund and every member has his share in it since he was born.
- Hindu Temples
India is famous for its plentiful Hindu culture and tradition. There are hundred’s of Hindu temples across the country in different design, shape, and locations. However, the basic nature of the Hindu temple remains the same.
Most temples in India are located in a place where the positive energy is available abundantly from the magnetic wave lines of the earth. The copper plate (called Garbhagriha or Moolasthan) set in the core center of the temple absorbs and resonates this energy to its surroundings. Paying a visit to the temples is not only to get a blessing but also to have a better mindset and garner positive energies.
Don’t forget to take off footwear before entering any Hindu temple because they would bring in the dirt to such a cleansed and sanctified place.
There are thousands of customs traditions in India that would make outsiders curious. But Indian society and culture are really well-mannered, polite, respect others, and progress together.