By Angel JessicaHeader image credit: ArtSocket
Indian tradition and culture have instilled the seeds of greatness in many. It taught us to be humble, helpful and generous. It brought inspiration to western artists around the world – most notably during the explosion of the "Hippie" movement in the 60s. The Beatles being the most prominent example: just listen to Within You Without You from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
India has a very diverse culture. There are five major religions practiced in the country: Hinduism (predominantly), Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Moreover, there are thousands of unique traditions and philosophies local to different cities and villages. The country smells of prayer and emotional values. People are very religious, emotional and customary, with their culture spanning over 3000 years into the past. Music, yoga and meditation are some of the major cultural exports into the West. Most recently India has also become the world's largest Democracy and a political model for a whole range of developing countries.
India is an amalgam of different religions, and it owes its vibrant energy to the same. People from the various sects and religions come together to share their happiness and build a nation that is colourful and traditional. There are hundreds of festivals, events and observations being celebrated every year, including Diwali, Iftar and Ramadan.
The Colourful Punjab and the traditional Rajasthan define the country's cultural landscape. Punjab is the heart of India, and the country owes historic shift to this region. Punjab describes the energy, food and hosting traditions of India. On the other hand, Rajasthan is the land of culture, where people follow their rituals and live their lives in old-fashioned style. Rajasthan and Punjab are two excellent examples of how a diverse country can be and carry the pride of unity with equal enthusiasm - no matter where you are from.
India has always been the teacher. Yoga, democracy and meditation have been some of their major cultural and philosophical exports to the west. They have introduced new ways of thinking about health, equality and the vast exploration of possibilities beyond the material goods. India has always been a teacher, and this can partly be owed to the teaching capabilities to the Vedas.
Love is the most indispensable ingredient of a good family life, but respect for elder happens to be the soul of all families. In India, younger brothers respect their elder brothers as their fathers and hence the cycle of real family life continues. Although the concept of nuclear family is on a rise in India, there are still many people who believe in their values and their culture (which is a bit different from the Western model).
India is blessed with a broad range of flora and fauna, which give their traditions a lot more meaning while in the region. Hindus in India, worship cows like their mothers. They bow down to them and pray for the well-being of their families. Apart of all, a peacock is their national bird and tiger is their national animal. People, there are very generous towards animals and cattle.
India is one of the famous countries for its ancient culture and tradition. It brought inspiration to countless well-known and amateur artists and entrepreneurs alike. I (and many others) believe that in your lifetime you must and should visit India to experience the arts and the lifestyle of Indians that will inevitably transform the way you think of life. Make sure you obtain India Visa (link for British citizens) before packing your bags, as this country requires valid documents upon landing.