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“Frankly my dear I don’t give a dam.” Many people have this attitude towards learning about other cultures. Actually it is very important to be knowledgeable of other cultures. Some day you could have a job that requires you to travel to another country or meet with a person of another culture. You wouldn’t want to offend them by not knowing their ways of life. Also, the United States has become so diverse that soon it will be an everyday thing to walk down the street and see a person of another culture.

Recently my cousin, Molly married a man from India named Surajh. My knowledge of the Indian culture is nil, therefore this is a good opportunity for me to study his customs and traditions.

India is such a large and varied country that there is no one way of life practiced by everyone. Food, clothing, religious beliefs and social structure differs from place to place. Nevertheless, there are some features of Indian life that are common among most people throughout the country.

Family ties are important. Many families continue to live as traditional extended families. In a typical extended family, three generations live in one household. Upon marriage, a women leaves her parents’ home and shares a home with her husband and his relatives, including his brothers and their wives, his parents and his unmarried sisters. However, the number of households consisting of only parents and their children is increasing.

The parents usually arrange marriages, though the son or daughter has the opportunity to reject the arrangement. Many people feel that marriage is more of an alliance between families than a relationship between two people. The bride’s family usually gives a gift of money or a gift of significan...

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...n official religion, more then 80% of the people practice Hinduism. The Hindus people believe in reincarnation, spiritual signs, and they even practice yoga. They believe that a cow is a sacred animal so they do not believe in eating beef. They also have sacred writing that serve as a guide to moral conduct.

The number of languages spoken in India is more than sixteen hundred, forming sixteen major language groups. The constitution provides that the official language of the country is Hindi. However, it also accepts English as a language and approves its use for official purposes.

Knowing the culture and traditions of others is very important. You will need to be knowledgeable of many cultural backgrounds no matter what you do in life. Also more wars have begun because of ethnic differences then any other reason. So, “Frankly people we need to give a dam!”
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