Overview of the unique culture of India (Part 2)

Religious activities of various faiths are an integral part of social life. Education is respected by all members at all levels.

Traditional Indian family values ​​have evolved to reach a nuclear family system, because of the socio-economic constraints of the old traditionally connected family system. Religion in India is a public issue, with many activities becoming grandiose and with it the decline of spiritual values.

Indian cuisine is very diverse, in terms of ingredients, flavors and processing methods vary by region. Rice and flour are the country’s two main food products. India is famous for the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. cuisine.

Spicy foods and sweets are very popular in India. Traditional Indian clothing varies greatly by region in color and style, and depends on many factors, including climate. Traditional costumes include traditional sari for women and traditional dhoti for men.

The most popular sport in India is grass hockey, although cricket is in fact a national sport, especially in the northeast, football is the most popular and most widely watched sport. In recent years tennis has also become popular in India. India is also famous for chess, with international players like Vishwanathan Anand. Local traditional sports, such as kabaddi and gilli-danda, are played almost everywhere in the country.

Public holidays

India is also known as a country of festivals. As a multi-religious country, India has very diverse festivals, many festivals for all social sectors. The most popular and participant festivals include Hindu festivals in Diwali, Holi, Pongal and Dussehra and Muslim festivals in Eid.

A number of festivals are held in most of the country; however, they are called by different names depending on the region or may be organized in a different form. Every festival is celebrated in a unique fashion.

India has three national holidays. Other holidays, from nine to twelve, are tied to festivals, religious holidays, and the birthdays of leaders are regulated by state.

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in India (Part 1)

New year is the time that everyone loves to celebrate and to welcome it with happiness but it’s hard to choose the perfect destination really. So, if you are wondering where to go to celebrate the new year this time? Here in this article, we would like summarize and bring to you the best, wonderful and fun places in India where you can have a pleasant time with whoever you are going to celebrate this special time with. Visiting any of these places to make the start of your new year perfect.

Goa
New year celebration will be incomplete without live music, unlimited beverages, and all night long party. Goa can give you all these things with a affordable price for pocket-size budget. In addition to that, many exotic accommodations at the beachside on the night of December 31st can make your new year celebration super fun, exciting and memorable. The young crowds and tunes of music throughout the night can definitely make your new year eve celebration amazing. So, if beaches, unlimited booze, and delicious dishes intrigue you enough, you must visit Goa for the new year celebration. For an intimate party, you can visit bars on Anjuna beach which is famous for throwing Greek-style party.

Mumbai
Mumbai is well known as the city never sleeps. And, on new year’s eve, we hope, this is what you expected. A night-long party in this coastal city with amazing enthusiasm is the thing that you must try. The people of Mumbai is quite liberal and really into celebrating every special occasion with lights, music, drinks and delicious food. The city gives you an opportunity to enjoy and welcome the new year to the best of your possible imagination. Here, Marine Drive is know  as one of the best places to enjoy every sip of your beverages.

Overview of the unique culture of India (Part 1)

India has a unique and rich cultural heritage, and it seeks to preserve its traditions throughout history while absorbing customs, traditions and ideas from the side, both invaders and immigrants. Many cultural activities, languages, customs and structures are examples of cultural intercourse over the centuries.

Famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal and architectural structures with Islamic influence are the heritage of the Mughal dynasty. They are the result of a tradition of uniting all elements from every part of the nation.

India is the birthplace of four important religions in the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Before independence, India was part of the British Indian subcontinent. The establishment of this country was greatly attributed to Mohandas Gandhi, who was hailed as the “father of India”.

Indian music is expressed in many forms. The two main forms of classical music are Carnatic from South India, and Hindustani from North India. Popular forms of music are also popular, the most famous being Filmi music. There are also many different traditions of folk music from every part of the country.

There are many classical dance forms present, including Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak and Manipuri. They are usually in the form of narrative and mixed with devotional and spiritual elements.

The earliest literary tradition in India was the oral form, and later in the written form. Most of them are sacred works such as the Vedas and the epic Mahabharata and Ramayana. Sangam literature from Tamil Nadu embodies one of India’s oldest traditions.

There have been many famous modern Indian writers, both with works in Indian and English. The only Indian writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature is the Bengali-language writer Rabindranath Tagore.

India also produces the highest annual number of films in the world. The main production area is in Mumbai, producing almost all Indian commercial films, often called “Bollywood”. There are also a number of cinematographic works using Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

Most Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Places (Part 2)

Rajgir, Bihar

The capital of the Magadhan Empire followed by Pataliputra, Rajgir is popular for its curative hot springs (although the bathing enclosure lefts much to be desired). During the rainy season, Buddha would stay at Griddhakuta Hill, a section of the Ratnagiri chain of hills. On the other part of the Ratnagiri is the Saptaparni Cave which is the place that the first international Buddhist council was founded after Buddha’s death after writing down his teachings. To honor the 2,500 years of the first council, the Japanese Buddhist Association established a stupa above the cave and an aerial ropeway bridging it with the bottom of the hill. The ruins of the famous Nalanda Mahavihara, the university town discovered in 411 AD, is about 11km away from here.

Kapilvastu, Uttar Pradesh

Named as Piprahwa now, a part of archaeologists and historians are determined that this is the old site of the palace where Shakya Prince Siddhartha once lived when he dreamed the three sights that changed his life forever. He was urged to find out why people suffered from mystery and travelled for six whole years until he reached the place that later came to be called as Bodh Gaya which is 110km away from Gorakhpur and has a UPSTDC tourist lodge. Tourists can visit Nepal from this site to see Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini.

Shravasti

An ancient city, one of the biggest during the Buddha’s lifetime and become a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and travellers as Buddha once spent most of the time after enlightenment at this place.

The Twin Miracle was believed to have happened here, where the Buddha emitted flames from the upper part and water from the lower part of his body. Destinations of interest are Jetavana Monastery, Anandabodhi Tree, Anathapindika and Angulimala Stupas. All of which are located near West Rapti River, Uttar Pradesh

Facts About India That Will Hit You

110 million years ago, India used to be an island. 50 million years ago, India collided with the Asian continent which born the Himalayas mountain. Nowadays, India is the land of snake charmers and holy saints with the population of over a billion from all kinds of religions and ethnicities.

In this post, we will share with you some mind-blowing facts and achievements of India, besides being the second most populated country in the world.

1. Varanasi is one of The Oldest Inhabited Places of the World, located on the banks of river Ganges. Varanasi is the holy city of Banaras, aged at least 3000 years old although based on the Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva found this city over 5000 years ago. 

2. Lonar Lake in Maharashtra is formed by a plummeting Meteor about 52,000 years ago. This astronomical marvel is a must not miss destination, situated approximately 4-hour drive from Aurangabad and doubling as Maharashtra’s best-kept secret.

3. India Firsts 

Plenty of objects and concepts were developed in India beginning from the game of snakes and ladders to chess a.k.a Chaturanga, buttons, shampooing, the number pi, diamond mining, zero, algebra, trigonometry as well as the presence of water on the moon. 

4. World’s Only Floating Post Office

Besides having the largest number of post offices in the world, it also built its very own floating post office on Dal Lake in Srinagar, perched on a houseboat with a philately museum inside.

5. Wettest Place on Earth – Mawsynram

India also holds a Guinness record for having the highest average annual rainfall in the town named Meghalaya with annual amount of about 11,873 millimetres of rain due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The winter time of this region are spent in preparation for the following six-month-long monsoon.

Outstanding cultural features in India (Part 2)

5. REFUND

Contrary to customary culture in some other countries. The characteristic of Indian culture is manifested by the traditional rituals of weddings. In India the bride’s family will bring the family dowry to show off the rituals at the traditional wedding ceremony here.

The groom’s family often demands dowry which includes large sums of money, pets, furniture, and electronics, leading to the fact that more and more girls in India have difficulty marrying.

When the number of dowries is not enough, the bride is often harassed, abused and lived in misery. Abuse of the bride can culminate when the future husband or the husband’s family burns the bride alive.

Although the laws in India severely punish murderers for dowry, however, it is rare for people to be convicted by judges (usually men) who often do not care about the case.

It can be said that this is a traditional culture in India that contains a lot of customs, nowadays, the society that develops these customs gradually fades and still appears in many rural areas in India. Degrees

6. COMMUNICATION CULTURE

In the culture of communication in India, it is considered impolite for you to shake hands too hard in India. In the north (like Delhi), when he clasped his hands together in front of his chest, bowed slightly and said: Namaste J is considered to take others very seriously. And should not shake hands of women.

Indians are very skeptical and often pay attention from the beginning to judge others. They often talk about family. Do not be surprised when Indians meticulously know about your family, whether you are married or not, whether your child is a child, or how old your spouse is.

Cricket is always a suitable topic for every contact with Indians because it is a very popular sport in this country.

7. THE TIME

Indians are not punctual, but an hour late can happen, especially knowing you need something from them. However, if you have an appointment with an Indian, you should arrive at your appointment on time because it is still considered impolite to be on time.

Traveling to India, tourists not only can explore the tourist attractions in India but also learn about the unique traditional culture here. So what are you waiting for, explore for yourself the unique cultural features in India when traveling to India, you will definitely not regret your decision.

The tea culture in India (part 2)

ASSAM REGION GEOGRAPHY
Assam is a large, tropical river valley with the Brahmaputra River running through the northern part, descending down the center of the region from Tibet and providing the water that sustains the tea gardens of the fertile plains. In the southern part, there’s a valley that bumps up against the Himalaya which mountain backdrop keeps the hot, humid air in the valley and contains the river water inside to produce flood plains that grow the valley’s tea gardens.

THE ASSAM TEA
Thanks to the tropical weather, warm and rainy which is high of humidity, the Assam hearty tea bushes produce thick and lush plants with large, abundant leaves which produces a characteristically strong, full-bodied and malty tea after processing.
The Assam tea leaves are generally harvested and produced twice during a season from March through November. It’s also known as “first flush” and “second flush.” Of which, the first flush is harvested during the early spring in March which produces the more delicate teas while the second flush in mid-summer produces the “tippy” teas which is considered to be the most distinctive of the Assam teas. The amazing quality is due to the more mature, tippy leaves with more coppery in color and covered with fine, delicate hair which brew into a creamy, full-bodied, and brisk tea. Assam is tea-growing region produces the biggest yield which accounted for 50 to 75 percent of India’s total tea output.

SIPPING CULTURE
The Assam region is famous for its black tea although there are some green and white teas. Assam black tea is often used in breakfast as it has a hearty, bold and rich flavor that is drinkable on its own but also stands up well to milk and sugar. Assam tea is popular with the British and other cultures around the world

The facts that you may not know about Indian cultures (Part 1)

India is considered a country with rich culture and unique characteristics. Let’s explore with Thien Hoa some interesting features of this country’s culture. – Travel India

1. Architecture – Indian tourism

India possesses unique traits. In aesthetics with unique patterns, appearing in costumes, home decoration accessories, etc. Especially, the residential architecture of India also bears the country’s culture.

The most famous architecture in India is the Taj Mahal. With Islamic and Hindu architecture, with unique details in every corner of the mausoleum. A world wonder, the Taj Mahal is considered the most beautiful work of India.

Famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal and architectural structures with Islamic influence are the heritage of the Mughal dynasty. They are the result of a tradition of uniting all elements from every part of the nation.

2. Festival – Indian tourism

India is the land of fairs and festivals, at least every day of the year there are fairs. Fairs and festivals have enriched the social life of Indian people. Some important fairs and festivals: Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, Mela Crafts Fair in Surajkund, Holi Fair in North India, Pongal in Tamilnadu, Onam in Kerela, Baisaki in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, the dance festival in Khajuraho and Mamallapuram, etc. Pooram festival in Kerala, India.

3. Eating – traveling India

Referring to Indian cuisine, one cannot help but mention curry, one of the most distinctive features in Indian culinary culture. Curry is one of the dishes originating from India and is created according to different recipes in each country, however Indian curry is always considered the best with special spice recipes that make up Unique taste, separate aromatic spicy.

Asians often use chopsticks to pick up food, Western Europeans use knives and spoons, Indians use their hands

Half of the Indian population is vegetarian and has a lot of religions (there are more than 2 million gods in total), so Indians abstain from a lot of meat.

Drinks are very popular in India, especially beer, gin tonic and whiskey. High-class people sometimes don’t drink alcohol. Do not use alcohol with meals.