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India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs differ from place to place
within the country, but nevertheless possess a commonality. The culture of India is an amalgamation of
these diverse sub-cultures spread all over the Indian subcontinent and traditions that are several
Regarded by some historians as the "oldest living civilization of Earth", the Indian tradition dates
back to 8000 BC and has a continuous recorded history for over 2,500 years.Several elements of India's
diverse culture — such as Indian religions, yóga and Indian cuisine — have had a profound impact across
Religions and spirituality
India is the birth place of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, collectively known as Indian
religions.Indian religions, also known as Dharmic religions are a major form of world religions along
with Abrahamic ones.
Family plays a significant role in the Indian culture. For generations, India has had a prevailing
tradition of the joint family system. It is a system under which extended members of a family – parents,
children, the children’s spouses and their offspring, etc. – live together. Usually, the eldest male
member is the head in the joint Indian family system.
For centuries, arranged marriages have been the tradition in Indian society. Even today, the vast
majority of Indians have their marriages planned by their parents and other respected family-members,
with the consent of the bride and groom. They also demand dowry, which has been outlawed by the Indian
government, but Indian society and culture still promotes and maintains it. They get around by not
letting the authorities know the arrangements of money.
India, being a multi-cultural and multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various
religions. The three national holidays in India, the Independence Day, the Republic Day and the Gandhi
Jayanti, are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across India. In addition, many states and regions have
local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics.
The multiple varieties of Indian cuisine are characterized by their sophisticated and subtle use of many
Spices and Herbs. Each family of this cuisine is characterized by a wide assortment of dishes and
cooking techniques. Though a significant portion of Indian food is Vegetarian, many traditional Indian
dishes also include: Chicken, Goat, Lamb, Fish, and other Meats.
Traditional clothing in India greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced
immensely by local culture, geography and climate. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such
as sari for women and dhoti or lungi for men; in addition, stitched clothes such as churidar for women
and kurta-pyjama and European-style trousers and shirts for men, are also popular.
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