India is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Indian culture, often labelled as an amalgamation of several various cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced and shaped by a history that is several thousand years old.
India, being a multi-cultural and multi-religious society, celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. The three national holidays in India the Independence Day, the Republic Day, & the Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across India. In addition, manyIndian States & regions have local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics. Popular religious festivals include the Hindu festivals of Diwali, Dussera, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, Holi, Janmashtami, Ugadi, Shivratri, Onam, Rath-Yatra, Durga Puja, Makar Sankranti and many more.
The varied and rich wildlife of India has had a profound impact on the region’s popular culture. Indian food is as diverse as India. Indian cuisines use numerous ingredients, deploy a wide range of food preparation styles, cooking techniques and culinary presentation. From salads to sauces, from vegetarian to meat, from spices to sensuous, from breads to desserts, Indian cuisine is invariably complex.
But the culture of modern India is a complex blend of its historical traditions, influences from the effects of colonialism over centuries and current Western culture – both collaterally and dialectically.