INDIA India has one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Excavations trace the Indus Valley civilization back for at least 5,000 years. It is a birth place of four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. In Sanskrit it is called Bharat. It is the second largest populated country in the world after China. Area: 1,195,063 sq. mi. (3,095,472 sq. km.); Population: 1,045,845,226 (2002) of which Catholics are 17.5 million Hindi (official), English (associate official), 17 regional languages. Hindu- 82%, Muslim- 12%, Christian- 3%, Sikh 2%, Buddhist, Jain, etc.- 1%. Main Cities: Bombay,Calcutta, Delhi (Capital city), Madras, Hyderabad,and Bangalore.
National Symbols Flag Lotus Peacock Tiger Hockey Banyan Mango
Education in India The medium of education in India is mostly English in all the cities and towns. Most of the Education system is run by the Franciscan, Jesuit, Dominican, Augustianian priests and nuns. The specific mission of these institutions is the Christian formation of the students, i.e. the training in Christian values enriching creativity and love of learning, right attitudes and interests and essential skills. The Catholic missionaries took to establishing schools, hospitals, and charitable institutions such as nursing homes, orphanages, and dispensaries.
Indian Culture Arranged Marriages prevail in India, with the two families meet and they like each other, then they finalise the wedding talks in front of their family elders. Next, the two families register the match in their own local parish churches. At this time, they must get a certificate from their Church. This certificate contains details like the Church the family's registered with, details of their confirmation / Holy Communion etc. Once these details have been registered, the baans are read in the two Churches. If anyone has anything to say against the match, they speak up at this time. On the wedding day, Though the Indian bride wears white sari,or might be clad in a saree with a small veil covering her face and groom is dressed in suit. The bride and groom are decked in all their finery and are brought to the Church by their families for the wedding. Catholic Wedding
Mother Theresa 1910-1997 Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. She entered the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto in Ireland at the age of 18 in 1928. She took the name "Teresa" after St. Teresa of Lesiux, patroness of the Missionaries. Mother said she received a calling from God "to serve him among the poorest of the poor." Mother Teresa opened the Nirmal Hriday ("Pure Heart") Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta.and founded an order of nuns called the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India dedicated to serving the poor. The foundation is celebrated Oct. 7 1950, the feast of the Holy Rosary. To identify herself with the poor she chooses a plain white sari with a blue border and a simple cross pinned to her left shoulder. She dedicated every day of her life caring for "The dying, the cripple, the mentally ill, the unwanted, the unloved" and she loved every minute of it because she was loving, she was cleaning, feeding "Jesus in disguise". but what is more important she made them feel good, loved, wanted, she gave them back their dignity that poverty had taken away from them, and even if they died, they died with a smile on their face....somebody loves and cares for them ....She was probably the most admired women of all time, received many awards and prizes for her outstanding work and she used her reputation traveling all over the world raising money and support for her causes.
The Himalayas The Himalayas are the world's tallest mountains, towering more than five miles above sea level. Himalaya means "home of snow" because the tallest peaks of the Himalayas are always covered with snow. The Himalayas include Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world
Some Tourist Attractions in India TajMahal Kerala Palace on wheels Udaipur Delhi Jaipur Jaisalmer Bangalore Bombay Rajasthan