The Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food and customs differ from place to place within the country, but nevertheless possess a commonality. The culture of India is an amalgamation of these diverse sub-cultures spread all over the Indian subcontinent and traditions that are several millennia old.
India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies and cultures. Religion still plays a central and definitive role in the life of many of its people.
Spirit of celebration within every indian.
Presentation based ona contestentry byVarunMehta
Structure of the presentation•Some background facts and figures•Challenges that India faces right now•India’s diversity in spirituality•Diversity in culture
Some interesting facts Regarded by historians as the "oldest living civilization of Earth", the Indian tradition dates back to 8000 BC 7th largest country by geographical area 2nd most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. Largest democracy in the world• The birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism• Median age for the UK:40 years. India: 26 years• Home to Mohandas Gandhi and Nehru- leaders of non violent resistance against British rule over India
•Also home to communal violence after the Independence in1947, which split India into India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.•Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation,environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespreadcorruption, rapid economic development is fueling Indias riseon the world stage.•In 2010, the Indian economy rebounded robustly from theglobal financial crisis and growth exceeded 8% year-on-year inreal terms.•Long term challenges: widespread poverty, inadequatephysical and social infrastructure, limited non-agriculturalemployment opportunities, insufficient access to quality basicand higher education, and accommodating rural-to-urbanmigration.
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Diversity in Religion•Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Baháí Faith arealso influential but their numbers are smaller.•Despite the strong role of religion in Indianlife, atheism and agnostics also have visible influence along witha self-ascribed tolerance to other people.
Over 150 festivals andfairs celebrated everyyear in India
Diversity in festivals Popular religious Within hinduism: festivals: the Hindu festivals Sri Ramakrishna, a of Diwali, Ganesh prominent Hindu saint once Chaturthi, Holi, Dussehra wrote, "There can be as , many Hindu Gods as there are devotees to suit the moods, feelings, emotions Islamic festivals of Eid ul- and social backgrounds of Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Mawlid the devotees." So in some an-Nabī ways Hinduism is a polytheistic religion. Christian festivals of Christmas and days of Similarly, the festivals observances such range from orthodox Diwali as Good Friday are celebration observed throughout the country.
Diversity in Language • The principal official language is Hindi. • English is the secondary official language. • •Several hundred mother tongues in India•30 main languages with at least 1 million speakers • 122 languages with 10,000 speakers. •