Culture is a way of living in which we think and work. Culture is the legacy, which we have got from our forefathers. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the language we speak are linked to our culture.
Culture has two aspects – physical and non-physical.
All costumes, food, language, etc., include physical aspects of culture.
The non-physical aspects of culture include beliefs, feelings, ideas, ideals, etc.
Characteristics of India’s Culture
- Social and cultural behaviour is learnt and acquired from our ancestors.
- Cultural diversity is based on religion, caste and geographical conditions.
- In a culture, knowledge is transferred from one generation to another, and with time, more and more knowledge is added to it.
- Culture is influenced by new knowledge, social environment, fresh ideas, and more traditions, which are included over time, and changes are thus made possible in culture.
- All religions and castes have different cultures. Similarly, people living in other regions have different cultures.
Importance of India’s Culture
We all are the creators of culture, and it is culture that makes a human a human being. Culture is a continuous process that never ends, as it is a way to live our lives.
Listed below are a few points that signify the importance of culture.
- Culture is a part of life.
- Culture makes us social beings.
- Culture teaches us the meaning of life, and ways to live it.
- Culture is linked to tradition, beliefs, lifestyle, as well as spiritual and physical attributes.
- Through the medium of philosophy and religion, culture brings us closer to the truth.
India’s Culture and Heritage
Any culture which we have inherited from our forefathers is called cultural heritage. Changes in culture keep taking place but not so in our heritage.
India Gate, Delhi’s Red Fort, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Mysore Palace, Qutub Minar, Jain Temples in Dilwara, the Dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Gurudwara Sis Ganj in Delhi, Sanchi Stupa near Bhopal, St. Francis Church in Goa, are all part of our legacy.
Our natural heritage is our flora and fauna, mountains, plateaus, fields, water and mineral resources, deserts, etc. It also includes various types of trees, plants, and animals. We must conserve our cultural and natural heritage.
In India, we find the remains of many monuments of ancient times. The remnants of the Indus Valley civilization are scattered in different areas. Nature has gifted us with immeasurable wealth in the form of water, forests, and land. Therefore, we should take care of them, and should use them consciously.
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