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Copy of Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India

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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India
The first thing i will discuss is India's language:
India has 28 states and seven territories, and each has at least one official language.
The national languages are Hindi and English.
There are about 22 official languages and nearly 400 living languages spoken in various parts of the country.
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism.
84% of the population is identified as Hindu.
13% of Indians are Muslim
The largest Islamic nations in the world.
Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains.
1. Butter Chicken
2. Tandoori Chicken
3. Chicken Tikka Masala
4. Rogan Josh
5. Malai Kofta (vege-balls in a thick sauce)
6. Chole (chickpea curry)
(fried Indian bread).
7. Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese)
This mildly flavored dish is super healthy too.
8. Kaali Daal (black lentils)
9. Chaat
This has to be the most popular North-Indian snack!
10. Naan (leavened Indian flatbread)

The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women.
Traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth about 5 yards long that is tied around the waist and legs.
Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length.
For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees.
Customs & Celebrations
Republic Day(Jan. 26)
Independence Day(Aug. 15)
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday(Oct. 2)
Diwali, a five-day festival known as the festival of lights and marks a time of home-based family celebrations.
Known for its film industry, which is based in Mumbai and is often referred to as Bollywood.
The country began as a major producer of movies in the 1930s.
Today the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing and Bollywood produces more films per year than Hollywood.

Indian dance has a tradition of more than 2,000 years.
The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali.
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