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My Cultural Showcase: India

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Janvi Mewada

on 1 March 2013

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Emblem of India India is the most democratic country located in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country in the world with the second-most population of 1.2 billion people. India's capital city is New Delhi and the largest city is Mumbai (Bombay). India has 28 states and 7 union territories. It contains about 2,973,190 square kilometers of land. Unique Facts - is the largest English speaking nation in the world My Cultural Showcase:
India By: Janvi ~ 706 The Indian Flag - it is the world's largest, oldest, continuous civilization - has never invaded any country in its last 1000 years of history - invented the number system - chess was invented in India - is one of the few countries in the world, which gain independence without violence - has the second largest number of Scientists and Engineers in the world - has the largest number of Post Offices in the world - was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century - The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley - martial arts were first created in India - yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years. Orange - Courage and Sacrifice
White - Peace and Truth
Green - Faith
Blue Buddhist Spinning Wheel - signifies the spreading of spiritual blessings and well being. Mahatma Gandhi: the father of the Indian independence movement

Jawaharlal Nehru: India's First Prime Minister Languages There are 22 different languages spoken in India like; Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and many more. My family and I speak Gujarati. The most widely spoken ones are Hindi and English which are also India's official languages. The oldest language in India is Sanskrit which people believe was made by our gods. The religious books of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism were first written in Sanskrit and were then translated in different languages. કુટુંબ My name comes from the Sanskrit name for the river Ganga, an important spiritual inspiration for India. Kem Cho means how are you and Hu Majama Choo means I am fine. Religion There are many different types of religions in India but my family follows Hinduism. We worship specific gods for specific needs. Some of our gods are; Krishna- embodiment of love, divine joy and destroyer of pain and sin, Shiva- "the destroyer" or "transformer", Vishnu- master of the universe, Ganesha- remover of obstacles, Hanuman- courage,power and faith, Laxshmi, Saraswati, Durga and many more. National Flower: Lotus
National Bird: Peacock
National Animal: Tiger
National Sport: Hockey
National Dance: Classical Dance Important Holidays - Diwali (the festival of lights)
- Holi (the festival of colors)
- Raksha Bhandan- an occasion to celebrate the love between a brother and sister
Navratri- (the festival of the 9 goddesses) Food Krishna and Radha Shankar and Parvati Vishnu Ganesha Hanuman The 9 Goddesses Gujarati food is primarily vegetarian due to the influence of Hinduism. A typical Gujarati plate has roti, dal, rice and curry made from vegetables and spices. Here are some of the dishes: Paratha (similar to roti) Kheer(rice pudding) Puri (also similar to roti) Dhokla Dry Cabbage and Potato Curry That brings me to the end of my cultural showcase, thanks for listening and I hope you guys liked it :)

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