Student Exchange Program
Information you need to know about going to India
Common Foods You May Be Asked to Eat
Rice is a common food, usually served boiled and plain.
Samosas are also very common. A Samosa is a fried pastry filled with spicy vegetables.
Another common food you might be asked to eat is a Poppadom. A Poppadom, is a crisp food that's similar to American chips.
Foods to Stay Away From
Holy Days & Holidays
Diwali, meaning "row of lights", is a Hindu festival of lights lasting for five days. For many Hindus, Diwali is also New Year's Eve.
Shiva Ratri is the great festival of Shiva. It is held on the 14th day of the lunar month of Phalguna. It is especially important to Saivites, but is celebrated by most Hindus.
Another holy day is Rama Navami, birth of lord Rama. Kumbh Mela, is a pilgrimage occurring every 12 years. If your host family is celebrating any of these holidays, you should strongly respect this.