Oguz Kaan Kısa · March 15, 2021
Indian traditions and culture have attracted almost everyone who loves to travel. Home to the oldest and largest civilizations in the world and where more than 22 languages are spoken, India is home to incredibly interesting traditions as well as magnificent architecture. If you are thinking of going to India, you should definitely take a look at this information before you go there.
According to Indian traditions, entering the Ganges River is considered quite sacred. In Hindus belief, the Ganges River represents purification. Bathing in the Ganges River, which is accepted as a goddess in Indian traditions and known as the Goddess Ganga, means purification from sins. According to Indian culture, burning a person who died on the banks of the Ganges River and pouring their ashes into the river is also a ritual believed to liberate the souls of the dead.
I think the best known issue with Indian culture is that cows have immunity rights in this country. According to the Hindus, cows are sacred animals. So much so that we believe that they worship cows from outside. But the truth is that they think that their god, which they call Krsna, is embodied in the cow's body. For this reason, cows are never harmed and cow meat is not eaten in Indian culture. If you went on a tour of India and traveled to India, it is possible to see plenty of cows in the streets. Also, if you see someone holding the cow by its tail, understand that that person is taking an oath.
Interesting traditions continue. One of those traditions is that suicide is not considered a sin. Moreover, suicide is seen as an act of appreciation. Yes, you didn't read that wrong. According to Indian custom, suicide is something to be applauded. In this interesting culture, the person who will commit suicide first fasts for 3 days and then chooses how to commit suicide.
There is another belief in India similar to suicide. That is to leave very old or seriously ill people to suicide. For this, those people are dressed in beautiful clothes and taken to the tide of the Ganges River and left there. When the waters rise, the river draws in that person and causes his death. If that person escapes suicide before the water rises, he loses his honor and is not respected again.
Until the British occupation in India, women could have had more than one wife. Often the brothers would marry the same woman. Although this tradition is not seen much today, it can be found in the remote corners of India.
Yes, you did not read it wrong. In India, girls who are seven years old are married to a dog. The reason is that the girl is believed to be protected by the dog until she gets married.
The most common of the Indian traditions is the Drahoma tradition, which means bride price. When getting married in India, the girl's side, not the boy, pays the bride price. For this reason, families do not want to have girls.
The snake-charming business initiated by the poor people in India to earn money has become the symbol and tradition of India after a while. You can see an Indian charming a snake in almost every corner of India. The snake-charming tradition that has become synonymous with Indian culture draws the attention of tourists as well.
Another creepy, mind-blowing tradition in India is the one called Sati. According to this tradition, women whose husbands die and become widows are either pour gasoline on themselves and burn themselves or someone else does it. A widow sacrifices herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre. In this way, it is thought that the woman was purified from her sins and went to her husband but you can be calm, this tradition is now banned in India.
The most colorful and famous among Indian traditions is undoubtedly the Holi festival. In this festival, everyone is throwing paints at each other and having fun, whether young or old. With this festival, the Indians aim to celebrate the arrival of spring, entertain especially the old people, save them from loneliness and relieve the spring fatigue.
Such a tradition, for sure, does not exist anywhere. Another surprising practice among the Indian traditions, the tradition of throwing boys from high is made because it is thought that children will be healthier.