For the longest time, India has been seen as a symbol of the exotic and mystical East. Filled with unique customs and traditions, Indian culture is just there waiting for you to explore and discover.
Atithi Devo Bhavah
For Indians, guests are considered God’s equivalent every time they say, “Atithi Devo Bhavah.” This Sanskrit verse was derived from the scriptures of Hindi and later on, it became the code of conduct in the Hindu society. The Hindu culture always gives high importance to guests.
Indian Ethnic Wear
Sari is the traditional ethnic wear for Indian women. It is a single cloth that doesn’t need stitching, is comfortable to wear, and follows religious etiquette at the same time. Although it originally started as a Hindu tradition, this has now spread to other religions.
Kurta Pyjama is a highly functional traditional wear among Indian men, and men often wear the ceremonial Sherwani whatever their religion is.
Namaste is the traditional custom of Indians when greeting people that is now accepted and used all over the world. Aside from namaste, other alternatives like namaskar are used as well as some of the five traditional greetings stated in the Vedas.
It is a way of saying “May our minds meet” indicated by holding folded palms in front of the chest. Namaste signifies the reduction of a person’s ego when another person is present.
Indian traditions and customs also have several signs and symbols that have different meanings and are not related to anyone. According to Indian customs, the use of the symbol swastika is assumed to symbolize the Lord Ganesha who is regarded as the remover of obstacles. The swastika’s arms represent the four Vedas and constellations together with humans’ four fundamental aims of pursuit.
The Joint Family Concept
India still nurtures the concept of joint families where the whole family starting from the parents to the spouse, children, and other relatives all live together in one house. This concept is still followed since it is regarded as cohesive to the society of India and helps in dealing with stress and pressure.
India’s Never-ending Festive Season
India serves as the home to a plethora of religions and cultures, so it is not surprising that it hosts diverse festivals all year long. All religions in the country have their own festivals celebrated in different months and on different days.
The festive season starts with harvesting the crops, which continues until the year ends when the country celebrates the Christmas season. This just goes to show that India indeed has an unending festive season.
The Scientific Theory Behind Indian Temples
Indian temples are mostly found along the earth’s magnetic wave lines to help maximize the available positive energy. A copper plate gets buried under the main idol inside the temple with a belief that energy will be absorbed by the idol and resonate this energy to its surroundings. Visiting a temple usually generates positive energy and a positive mind.
Indian customs and traditions are truly mystifying but one thing is for sure, all of them are highly respectful and courteous with the goal of progressing together as a society.