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India-culture VMk

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India's culture is similar to ours in the U.S, but just a bit more colorful. 

Clothing: http://ashleyintro.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html

We’ve all seen movies with Indian people all dressed up in their native clothing, and have seen how colorful it is.  Well, the Indian people have a reason for all of their bright clothing; one, they just love bright colors and think it reflects their country well, two; each color and intensity of brightness is a sign of status, age, occupation, region and religion.  There are many different pieces of the traditional woman outfit, but the one that is makes the outfit complete is called the sari.  The sari has been worn by women in India dating back before the 10th century AD.  The sari is a long rectangular piece of cloth that can be made of many different colors and fabrics.  They are worn in many different ways, but the most commonly worn way is to wrap it so that it looks like a floor length skirt and then the rest of the fabric hangs over one shoulder.  Another one of the pieces the Indian women wear in the choli, which is a short, tightly fitted top that goes under the sari.  The next piece of traditional clothing is the ghagra or the lehanga.  It is a form of pleated skirt that hangs around the waist and leaves the stomach bare.  The head however is covered by an orhni or dupatta.  There are many other forms of clothing as well.  The men on the other hand wear simpler clothing, like trousers and a t-shirt.  But some men that still live in villages wear the traditional attire like kurtas, lungis, dhotis and pyjamas. The lungi is simply a short length of material worn around the thighs like a sarong. A dhoti is a longer lungi but with an additional length of material pulled up between the legs. Pyjama-like trousers worn by the villagers are known as the lenga




Other than the clothing, Indians have many traditions from the old days that they still follow today.  One is arranged marriages, where the parents pick out the husband/wife for their son or daughter.  Another is during the actual wedding ceremony.  The bride always wears red.  Red is a symbol of life, fertility and joy in India.  Another thing bride’s wear is henna.  It is a form of fake tattoo that goes on the bride’s hands and feet, for the wedding ceremony.  There are many more traditions.




India has many sports and activities going on today.  There is football (soccer), field hockey, and especially cricket.  Even though hockey is officially the countries sport, cricket is by far the most popular.  Before these sports were introduced, martial arts, kabaddi and gilli-danda were the traditional sports.  Kabaddi is a contact sport that has two teams that occupy opposite halves of a field.  These two teams then take turns sending a “raider” into the other half.  In order to win points, the person has to do this by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team; the raider then tries to return to his own half, holding his breath during the whole raid.  Gilli-danda is usually played by using a small round stick, about as long as a baseball bat, which is the danda. There is another small and slightly cylindrical shaped billet of wood, which is the gilli. The objective of the game is to hit the gilli using the danda. The gilli is put on the ground and the danda is used to strike it so that it flips into the air. Then the danda is used to hit the gilli again while it is airborne. The person who can hit the gilli the farthest in this manner is usually proclaimed the winner. There are many popular local versions on the same theme.






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India has a wide variety of food.  The most common spices used in most of the dishes are chilli pepper, black mustard seed (rai), cumin (jeera), turmeric (haldi, manjal), fenugreek (methi), asafoetida (hing, perungayam), ginger (adrak, inji), coriander (dhania), and garlic (lassan, poondu). Popular spice mixes are garam masala, which is usually a powder of five or more dried spices, commonly including cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Each region, and sometimes each individual chef, has a distinctive blend of garam masala.  Goda masala is a popular sweet spice mix in Maharashtra. Some leaves are commonly used like tejpat, coriander leaf, fenugreek leaf and mint leaf. The common use of curry leaves, and curry roots is typical of all South Indian cuisine. In sweet dishes, cardamom, saffron, nutmeg, and rose petal essences are seasoned.

Aside from the many spices used in Indian food, there are some essentials that are always with the meal.  Rice and vegetables are the two items that show up at almost every Indian dish. 




August 15th is Independence Day, where India gained their independence from Britin.

October 2nd is Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday, who was the person who led India to freedome. 

January 30th is Martyrs' Day, where the people of India celebrate/remember all the people who have given up their lives for India.

Januray 26th is Republic Day, where they celebrate the day their constetution came into force.   

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