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Home is where Family is

The richness of being Indian lies in strong family bonding. Our lives are inseparable from our families. We create moments of togetherness and cherish forever. It’s a common practice in Indian households to sit together and relish sumptuous meal. Chatting, laughing, playing are so instinctive that unreal modes of entertainment take a back seat. We celebrate our extravagant festivals unitedly and welcome joy.
One member of the tribe faces a problem, all others stand like a wall to help him. Togetherness is our strength and we are proud of it.

Our joint families preserve and nurture the cultural value system and exhibit a strong cohesive force. Introduction of the nuclear family was a necessity but it is depleting our value system.

Today I’m discussing the role of joint family in the changing scenario of society.

1) Indian families are institutions in themselves that teach qualities like patience, sympathy, sharing and understanding, naturally.

The rise in the number of nuclear families is making people more and more insensitive towards the needs of others.

2) In joint families, children respect elders and are keen to learn from them. They listen to moral stories from grandparents and learn everyday wisdom from elders.

With the shortening of extended families, children are fast becoming self-centred. View this from a larger angle and you will see delinquents and criminals growing up in our ‘small, proud homes’.

3) Strong bonding among family members develops a sense of security and this is the beauty of a big family.

Nuclear families feel alone and insecure in the absence of closely knit clan. Result? They don’t believe in others and display traits of anger and possessiveness.

4) Children growing up in a joint family imbibe qualities of patience, tolerance, confidence to speak in a group and sportsmanship.

Nuclear family children are less tolerant and are more likely to indulge in fights and brawls.

I’m not glorifying nuclear families because I can feel there’s a decay in the moral characters of the citizens of India with the rise in small families. I admit that many times it becomes difficult to live with the extended family but young people have started avoiding living with seniors. When a society forgets its values, the decay is not far. I request my fellow citizens to revive the Indian values and save the goodness of our nation.


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Glimpse of India- Festivals Galore

Glimpse of India- Festivals Galore

Festivals give us good reason to break the monotony and celebrate the occasion called life. Many festivals are linked with our religious faiths with a strong sense to perform the associated rituals. We have many religions and as many festivals to celebrate our stay on Earth. These remind us that “Whatever stage of life you’re in, remember that the show must go on.”

India boasts of innumerable colourful festivals and strong beliefs assert the dedication. Land of vibrant hues, India with 130 crores people observe the festivities with fervour.

I’m sharing a few popular festivals celebrated in India.

Diwali

One of the most popular festivals, Diwali is the festival of lights. It is believed that Lord Rama fought Demon Ravana and brought back his wife Sita from Ravana’s captivity. The auspicious day of Diwali is celebrated to mark the day when Rama and Sita reached Ayodhya after 14 years in exile.

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Holi

Holi, the festival of spring is celebrated by lighting up a bonfire and playing with colours the next morning. Holi also has a historical significance, glorifying the victory of good over evil.
Mathura and Braj are famous for Holi celebrations where festivities last for more than a week.

Shri Krishna Janmashtami

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Traditional events of ‘Dahi-Handi’, ‘Raas-Leela’ are organised in many parts of India. People from Mathura and North-Eastern region enjoy this festival to the core.

Durga Puja

Most popular in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Odisha, Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengalis. The grand pandals with huge idols of Mother Durga perform Durga Puja for nine days. On the tenth day, Ma Durga idols are immersed in water. Kolkata Durga Puja is not to be missed if you’re in India during festivities.

Eid Ul Fitr

Eid Ul Fitr is an important festival of Muslims celebrated around the world. The day marks the end of one holy month of fasting called Ramadan. The fasting teaches charity, patience, empathy, sympathy and praise for the Almighty as one understands the subordination of human beings.

Ganesh Chaturthi

The festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The clay idols of Lord Ganesha are installed at homes or workplaces and elaborate prayers are performed. On the tenth day, the idols are carried in processions and immersed in water bodies.

Lohri

A popular Punjabi-folk festival, Lohri is celebrated in Punjabi-dominated northern regions of India. The festival marks the end of winter season and beginning of longer days. People lit a bonfire and dance and sing around it.

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Glimpse of India- Diversity Enriching Lives

Glimpse of India- Diversity Enriching Lives

India is a land of spices and the most exotic spice is Diversity. Spices add flavour to the food we eat. In the similar manner, diversity is the essence of vibrant life. The culture of India has been influenced by all those rulers who administered the country for years, strong-belief-religions and strikingly contrast regions. We don’t have to bear the same weather throughout the year; there are four extreme seasons showcasing their mighty power every year. People in India speak different languages, National Language Hindi being the common connection. There are rivers, valleys, mountains, seas, plateaus. You can’t go to Switzerland? Visit Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand and experience fresh snow. Gulmarg is known as Switzerland of India. Visit pristine Andaman and Nicobar islands for Thailand feel. Thar Desert will fire you up with Sahara like heat. Visit Kerala to create magic moments of Italy!

Why India is so diverse

1) Diverse Geography of India

We have snow-capped mountains, Sea-shores, deserts, plains, hills and plateaus. Fertile Indo-Gangetic Plains cover most of the North India and Deccan plateau give distinct characteristics to South India.

2) Religious Cultures

The culture of India is controlled by the religions people follow. Though most of the people follow Hinduism, there’s a significant number of Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism followers.

3) History

Indian culture is a blend of various cultures. It is the glorious history of the subcontinent responsible for the amalgamation. India prospered during the rule of the Mughals. Architecture and other art forms were promoted and food technology from Eastern countries entered the kitchen of Indian people. When the British ruled India, they influenced the clothing and food habits with a noticeable reflection on language.

The soil of India received cultures from around the world with open arms. Indian philosophy of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava‘ could be one of the reasons behind India’s liberal acceptance.

People from foreign lands came to India and left their impression on the soil of the country. The original culture got modified time and again. A culture that was already diverse met new dimensions to expand. Today, India celebrates festivals of many religions. Food options are plenty because we never let any intruder go back without knowing his secret culinary skills😉

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Glimpse of India- Atithi Devo Bhava

Glimpse of India- Atithi Devo Bhava

Guests play an important part in our lives.
Guests. Invited guests. Uninvited guests. Short-stay guests. Long-stay guests. Indians welcome all kinds of guests with open arms. We reschedule our work when a guest is scheduled. Guests are served better food than what we eat every day. There’s excitement over the arrival of the guest. A separate room and toiletries are made available to the esteemed person(s). Children are instructed to behave obediently in front of the visitors. We insist our guests extend their stay and make us feel elated.

This is India.

We believe in the ancient Sanskrit verse – ATITHI DEVO BHAVA.

‘Athithi‘ is the person who visits without a fixed calendar date.
(A-tithi where ‘A means without’ and ‘tithi means date’.)

‘Devo‘ is God.

‘Bhava‘ is Be/Is.

Hence the meaning of the complete phrase ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ is “The Guest is (akin to) God”. It aptly defines the culture and moral values we Indians possess.

Though the picture is fading with time, our history depicts some wonderful stories to demonstrate the Indian values. Our blooming tourism industry has adopted the verse ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ as their tagline. The aim is to educate local people regarding good manners and etiquettes while dealing with foreign tourists. It inculcates the sense of responsibility in the Indian people to preserve India’s rich cultural heritage and hospitality.

To win the confidence of foreign tourists and make India a preferable tourist destination, the govt of India is leaving no stone unturned. With brand Ambassadors like Amir Khan to Amitabh Bachchan to PM Narendra Modi himself, ‘Incredible India’ is one of India’s most cherished tourism campaigns.

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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