Well it is because it has a history dating back 5000 years and in those 5000 years numerous civilizations have come and gone leaving behind their influences good and bad. Many religions, cultures, and languages were born. Invasions and battles and wars have shaped India as we know it today……DISTINCT, DIVERSE and rich in culture and tradition.
Born were 15 official languages and over 1500 dialects. Traditions have been handed down generation after generation. Festivals were born out of the need to enjoy, celebrate and respect these traditions. Ask any Indian and you will find foods related to celebrations. Stories revolving around family history and traditions. With the vast influences that India has enjoyed comes its natural diversity.
With this diversity comes a natural ability to adapt to and accept all cultures and religions.
Today, India enjoys these traditions with the latest technological minds bringing it into the 21st century with grace and competitiveness.
Variety is the spice of Indian life: The distinctive languages, cuisines, arts, crafts, customs and traditions of each region make India an unending journey of discovery full of pleasant surprises.
The national dress of India is the saree- six yards of unstitched cloth that is skillfully draped to impart grace and elegance. Other traditional dresses worn around the country include the Salwar Kameez and Lehenga Choli. Bright hues and intricate patterns are a common feature of Indian dresses. Modern Indian women on the metros wear western dresses like their male counterparts and the universal ‘jeans and t-shirt’ are popular amongst the college students.
So popular is Indian cuisine across the world today that London is believed to have more Indian restaurants that Delhi. The secret of the Indian cuisine lies in the skillful use of spices. While 80% of Indians are vegetarian, fish is a major component of the diet in the coastal region.
The southern part of India has a distinctive style of cooking with the predominant use of rice and coconut. In cricket crazy India it is easy to forget that hockey is really the national game. Lack of resources is hardly a setback to the game which is played in every street corner and cramped back alley. While India’s performance has not been quite as good as it should have been, it is expected that modern training methods and more competitive spirit will give a better medals tally at the next Olympic Games.
Film Industry. Established in 1896 today India produces largest number of films in the world. Well known for romance, violence, music and dance the popularity of these films across the world has been phenomenal.