India is one of the most diverse countries in the world, with a culture spanning centuries. It has inspired people around the world for centuries when it comes to art and music, and even today its rich foods and engaging Bollywood films are spreading like wildfire across the globe, allowing people from all cultures and all walks of life to enjoy what India has to offer.
But there’s a lot about India that you probably don’t know, and if you’re interested in traveling to India you may want to learn more about it before you set out on your way. You can learn about the history of India in this Udemy course, which covers everything from its geography to its modern day politics. However, even that is just scratching the surface of all there is to know about this interesting country.
Facts About Indian Culture
The culture of India is incredibly diverse – probably even more so than you realize. In fact, linguists have said that India is the most linguistically diverse region in the world, with over a thousand individual languages being spoken in the country, among them the “big six” – Urdu, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, and Hindi – which are spoken by more than 50 million people.
If you’re going to live in or work in India, deciding which language to learn can be tough (if you choose to learn one at all, though we’ll get to the second). For most, Hindi or Bengali will cover all your bases. Udemy can help you learn a foreign language, so be sure to check out a course if you’re interested. But do keep in mind that India is the largest English speaking country in the world, and if you’re sticking to the cities you won’t have any difficulty communicating with the locals.
India may be thought be thought of as a Muslim country, but it has the second highest population of Muslims in the entire world. However, only a small percentage of Indians are actually Muslim. The huge population of this country accounts for the high percentage of individuals identifying as belonging to the Muslim faith. However; besides Hindu and Muslim individuals, people of all the world’s major religions can be found in India.
Facts About Indian Festivals
One of the most fascinating things about India to visitors is the sheer number of festivals and special events that occur throughout the year. Some of these festivals are strange, some are fun, some are deeply religious, but all are attended by thousands – sometimes more – and all are a true spectacle to behold.
Among the most popular of the festivals is Diwali, which brings in the Hindi new year. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, stretches out over five days of celebration, and is truly beautiful. Those celebrating the occasion set off fireworks, light candles, and set ablaze clay lamps. These millions of lights are said to help people triumph over the darkness, and not surprisingly visitors to this festival will find it to have a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Not to be outdone, Holi – also called the Festival of Colors – is a beautiful festival that helps people to welcome in the spring. People gather around to dance, sing, and – most importantly – to throw various colored powders into the air, making everything rainbow colored and quite extraordinary to look at. This is a definite favorite for visitors.
Of course, not all the festivals and fairs that visitors might experience are expressly religious in nature. The Pushkar Camel Fair is an extraordinary 5 day celebration in which over 50,000 camels are brought to the small town of Pushkar, where they are raced, shaved, and even entered into camel beauty contests. Of course, a fair amount of camel trading takes place, too. It’s an experience like none other, and one that many visitors would be hard pressed to pass up.
Other Interesting Facts About India
You may be used to the four seasons – spring, summer, winter, and fall – but there are a couple more seasons to keep track of in India, for a total of six. The extra two seasons are the summer monsoon season and the winter monsoon season, in which heavy rains and winds besiege the country. Though they can be an inconvenience, and may cause some damage, the locals eagerly await these monsoons, as they are of great importance to local agriculture.
And here’s something that’s often surprising to Westerners. Lunchtime may be important to you, but it’s definitely not as important as it is to some Indians. Home-cooked orders are sent by special delivery with messengers called dabbawallahs from one’s home to their workplace. Since it takes so long to cook a single meal, it’s often the only way for an Indian worker to get a home-cooked lunch or dinner.
Staying on the subject of food, there’s a very good reason that traditional Indian meals are so important to the people of this country. Some historians believe that Indian cuisine is the oldest type of food that has been cooked continuously, using the same spices, methods, and techniques over the centuries. You can learn more about delicious Indian cooking by taking a course on Udemy. As a bonus, a great number of Indian foods are vegetarian, making it great for those with special dietary needs.
Though that may seem like quite a lot, it’s only the beginning of everything there is to know about this country. If you’re planning on traveling to India, there are several travel courses that you may want to check out on Udemy, including this course focusing on travel safety abroad. So whether you’re going to India for business or pleasure, be sure to learn as much as you can to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable, and happy time in this incredible, diverse country.