Background The Indian culture is as grand and exciting as it sounds. India is located in southern Asia and encompasses a variety of people and traditions. Let us take a closer look at what distinguishes the Indian culture from any other.
Customs &Traditions • The Indian culture is rich in customs and traditions • These traditions and customs include: - house warming ceremonies - wedding customs - naamkaran
House Warming Ceremony Griha Pravesh is a ceremony performed when one first enters the house. This may be because it is a new home, coming back from vacation or after having renovated the house. The family enters the house on a specified day according to the astrological calendar. The ceremonies include poojah’s and priests. Depending on why you are re-entering the house, there are different actions to perform.
Wedding Ceremony The wedding ceremony lasts for longer than one day and includes various traditions that need to be performed. • Once a couple agrees to wed, there is a Roka that announces that the couple has found their soul mates. • Next is the Sagai, which is the tikka ceremony. This is performed a week to ten days before the wedding.
Continued… • The sangeet is an event that is put on by the girl’s family. Few members of the groom’s side is invited. This is a celebration with song and dance. • The Mehendi is a henna ceremony. All the girls in the bridal party have henna put on their hands and choose bangles to wear. • Finally the days before the wedding the bride rests with complete relaxation. The actual wedding day takes place in a designated venue. The bride’s side welcomes the groom’s side, known as the baarat
Naamkaran The naamkaran is a naming ceremony that takes place 12 days after the day of birth. This is mostly a women’s ceremony. They place the child in a cradle while everyone gathers around singing traditional songs and dancing. Children’s names are based on Hindu Raashis because it is considered auspicious.
Classical Indian Dances • The Bhangra began as a dance to celebrate the harvest. Movements of the dance are suppose to depict the cycle of plouging, sowing, and reaping. • Kathak is a North Indian classical dance. In ancient times, storytellers used mime and gesture for dramatic effect. This eventually evolved into a dance form.
Conclusion The Indian culture is full of variety and diversity. Traditions and cultures are different from what we are used to. Hopefully with our presentation you’ve gotten a better glimpse of an unfamiliar world. Information provided by: www.indiaparenting.com