India has one the oldest and unique cultural characteristics. Indian Culture began developing around 2500-1500 B.C. (almost 4500 years ago). According to Wheeler, Advent of Harappan Culture/ Civilization began in 2500 B.C. Since then, there have been many additions to the lifestyle and activities of the people of India.
Today, India is home to multiple religions, languages, traditions, forms of music and dance. It seems strange to others that even in the Harappan era, Indian culture began taking shape quite rapidly. Its effects are still seen today.
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism were all born in India. As a result, Many aspects of these religions are incorporated in Indian Culture. As per the 2011 census, about 80% of the population of India practices Hinduism. Islam is practiced by 14.2 % of the people.
Christianity (2.3%), Sikhism (1.7%),Buddhism (0.7%) and Jainism (0.4%) . Apart from these some tribal people follow Sarnaism. While only a few, Zoroastrianism and Judaism are practiced by very few people in India. Overall Culture of India is influenced by ritualistic practices of these religions. Even, intermixing of there practices has kept on happening from time to time.
Temple worship of God was not a part of Hinduism in early Vedic Culture. But after Building of Stupa and Viharas in Buddhism, Temple building exercises also began in Hindu religion.
Festivals in India
Indian Culture is Multi-cultural and Multi-religious in nature. Every year a large number of festivals are celebrated throughout the country. Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Dussehra, Durga Pooja, Janam-Aashtmi, Ram-Navmi and Shivratri are highly popular and are celebrated on a mass-scale.
Food Culture Of India
India is such a diverse country that every state has its own special dish. Sometimes we even find variations within the state. Indian food culture has developed by arrival of Arab Merchants in the 7~8th century, then during times of Delhi Sultanate 1200-1526 AD. Mogul rule in India brought further variations in Indian Cuisine. Dishes like Shahi Paneer clearly show Middle East Influence in food.
Indian Food Ranges from less spicy to spicy depending upon geographical area. Also Agriculture reflects the food of that area.