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Indian customs and their significance!

Culture is a term used to define the growth and development of human beings through influence of social and political norms. Indian culture is a mix blend of varied beliefs that have grabbed attention of the people residing in different corners of the world.
India is one of the oldest inhabited countries with colorful culture and rich history. India has been governed by the British for more than 100 years, but even then, the country has managed to preserve its rich culture and customs. India, being a secular nation, is a home to different religions. All religions have their own customs and traditions.
On reaching India, “Namaste” is the first word that gets into your ears. Among the Indians, it is one of the most popular greetings. Derived from Sanskrit language, namas means “to bow” and te means “to you”. On joining these two words, it becomes “I bow to you out of reverence”. When you greet somebody with “Namaste” you are supposed to fold your hands with fingers pointing upwards.
“Charan Sparsh” is one of the common Hindu rituals that involve bowing down in front of our elders, teachers and noble individualsand touching their feet with respect. The elders in return give their blessings by placing their hand on one’s head. It is a ritual that symbolizes respect for age, maturity and holiness of our parents and elders.
Indians have inherited lots of social values from their ancestors. As per those values, they do not send their elderly parents to old age homes. Rather, they respect their parents and take good care of them.
Talking about Indian weddings, they are a grand affair comprising lavish arrangements. The sanctity of the ceremony is maintained through several rituals and customs, which are full of fun and entertainment. Variations can be seen in Indian wedding traditions according to religions and regions.
The main wedding ceremony is preceded by a major event known as “Mehndi”. It is an auspicious event that takes place at bride’s house a day before wedding. On this day, bride wears yellow or orange colored outfits. These colors symbolize positive energy and are considered as fortunate.
The main wedding event begins with the arrival of “Baraat”. A ritual known as “Aarti” is performed by bride’s mother. She rotates a small earthen lamp in front of the groom after which, the groom is welcomed in the decorated wedding venue where “Jaimala” ceremony takes place.
Then it comes the most imperative part of Indian weddings known as “phera” or “saat phere”. The knot is tied by the bride’s father, and both bride and groom take seven rounds of the ceremonial fire. Each “phera” (round) has its own significance. Once the ritual is over, the relatives and friends of the bride and groom congratulate each other with gifts and blessings.
Indian traditions and customs are also associated with different months and festivals. For example, in the month of “saawan”, women prepare sweet dishes such as “Kheer purre”. They also dress up in beautiful attires and wear jewelry.
On 13th day of January, Lohri is celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival depicts end of the winters and beginning of the spring. People share gachak, peanuts and prasad with their near and dear ones.
Makar Sankranti is also celebrated with full zeal in India. It is one of the auspicious festivals celebrated in the country. Makar Sankranti depicts the beginning of the harvest season. This festival brings joy and happiness to the farmers.
The population of India is more than a billion. Perhaps, it is the only country where all the festivals are celebrated with equal enthusiasm and fervor.

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