When talking about Indian culture, it is about religions, rituals, traditions, languages, festivals, values and the living style just to name few. India is perhaps the best example in the matter of possessing so much diversity in its culture. It might not possible to talk about Indian culture in a single way as the culture of the country is amalgamation of different cultures spread all over in the country.
The culture of Indian finds its root in 8000 BC and it has continuous records in history from the Vedic time period (about 3,000 to more than 5,000 years ago). A number of components of Indian culture have gained world wide popularity such as Yoga, Ayurveda, Cuisine and its religions.
Undoubtedly, India is among the countries with so much diversity in religions, the country is the birth place of many religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Religion still plays a prominent role in the life of many Indian people.
In the past, India had join family structure but now the number of nuclear family is on increase similar to the trend in other parts of the world. Though still there is joint family system in some regions because of traditional or practical factors.
For many centuries arranged marriage has always been the culture of Indian society where the marriage takes place with the consent of parents but in most of the case bride and groom always have had the choice to make.
Even in modern India of today, most of the Indian youngsters marry with the consent of their parents where their own consent is also included. The number of purely arranged marriages (without the consent of bride and groom) is not high. However, the number of self-arranged marriage is on increase in urban areas.
The divorce rate in India is very low which is 1 percent compared to 40 percent in the United States.
Being a country diverse in cultures and religions, there is a list of festivals that are celebrated by different religions. Most important national holidays in India are Independence Day, Republic Day and the Gandhi Jayanti.
Most celebrated regional festivals of India include Navratri, Ganesha Chaturthi, Holi, Diwali, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Id, Rakshabandhan, Christmas Day and many more.
Dressing style in India varies to a great extent in different parts of the country. Different factors like local culture, weather, village or city area and geography etc influences the dressing style of people living there. Most popular dressing style for women in India is “saari’ and “dhoti” for men. Other popular dresses include “churidar”, “salwar-kameez” with a piece of unstitched cloth called “dupatta”.
Exposure of skin is quite discouraged in Indian culture and especially in public or religious places, wearing transparent or tight fitting clothes are not as such acceptable.
Cotton cloth is popular and is used in making of all type of dresses in Indian due to the hot and rainy weather of the country.
Women adorn using make-up and ornaments such as bindi, heena, bangles etc.
In the end, the culture of India is perhaps one of the most colorful cultures in the world whether it is music, dance, cuisine or religious or spiritual beliefs.