India is a fascinating country rich in culture: let’s discover its uses and habits, so as not to be unprepared for a trip to India Local Culture. Visiting India another of the characteristics that affect Western visitors is the line, regulated by precise rules. First of all, the distance between one person and another should not be greater than the length of the arm between the elbow and the fingertips of the extended hand. If the distance should be greater, the person behind feels authorized or pushed to decrease it or even override and take the place of the person who preceded him, without this word.
In India there are still arranged marriages, that is, those between a man and a woman who does not marry for love but out of interest. The choice is usually made by families and most of the time young people approve of this custom. Only after the parents have met and discussed the marriage, the bride and groom are seen to begin to get to know each other and give their consent to the ceremony. In more traditional families, young people meet for the first time on their wedding day and have no say in the choice. India is a country where people are very kind and polite and do not use the name of a person of any age or higher rank. Hardly there are people who are called by name, there is a great use of nicknames and nicknames, the wife never pronounces the name of her husband but calls him “husband” or “sir”. The language spoken throughout the country is Hindi but the second official language is English. It is important to know that in India people are organized in castes, with Brahmins (priests) on top and Shudras(servants) below. All roles are scrupulously respected and their position is explained by the title, which is applied to the name. This position can be improved by continuing in the studies or by demonstrating that you have a large bank account.
Hardly a man and a woman kiss and hug in public, but men are used to walking holding hands, without fear that their virility is questioned. Homosexuality, on the other hand, is not well seen and is considered a crime. Men are also very vain and take care of the body, often going to the beauty centers, where they are massaged, combed and perfumed. Walking through the streets you can come across barbers who do their work on the sidewalks. Hair is very important in Indian culture when a parent dies, the children shave to zero. Even the first hairs of the children are shaved and thrown into the river, as well as those of the windows. Indian men wear dhoti, a cotton cloth that wraps around the hips and is then passed between the legs and over a canvas shirt. Others wear long-fitting tunics with tight trousers. It is impossible not to notice the beauty and the colors of Indian women, who wear the sari, a long band of fabric wrapped around the body, which ends with a colored border. Naturally, the fabrics and the types of saris vary according to the economic availability of the woman.
Indians love to adorn their arms with colorful jewelry and bracelets and wear large necklaces and dangle earrings. Muslim women, on the other hand, dress with the salvar kameez, also covering their head with the veil. Indian women do not wear a lot of make-up, if they are married they wear a tilak, a red ball, on their foreheads. The use of khol to emphasize the eye contour is common in women, men, and children, especially for the antiseptic properties of this cosmetic powder. Unfortunately, the woman is considered inferior to man and is still discriminated against, both at work and in the family The Indians are very superstitious and they use to hang a lemon with green peppers on their doorstep to remove the negative energy. Despite the hygienic conditions appear to be lacking, the Indians are a people who particularly care for personal cleansing. They never leave the house without having been perfectly washed and consider foreigners who are not very hygienic. It is hard to believe because in the villages it is not uncommon to find the floor covered with cow dung, which is used to disinfect, being a powerful antibacterial. This is also because the Indians are used to sit on the ground, cross-legged, in the position that is called “sukhasana“. This position promotes relaxation and helps to digest, in addition, continuously rising from the ground, keeps the knees in shape, which remain strong even in old age.
Another particular custom is to take the train literally launching inside or remain poised even while the train is moving. A situation that then repeats when they have to go down: the passengers dive from the carriages while others try to climb.