India

India

It is a country in South Asia. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

The flag

Gandhi first proposed a flag to the Indian National Congress in 1921. The flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya. In the centre was a traditional spinning wheel, symbolising Gandhi's goal of making Indians self-reliant by fabricating their own clothing. The design was then modified to include a white stripe in the centre for other religious communities, and provide a background for the spinning wheel.

Indian fashion

Woman fashion

Traditional Indian clothing for women are the saris or the salwar kameez and also Ghaghra Cholis

The Sari

A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine meters in length, that is draped over the body in various styles.

Ghaghra / Lehenga Choli

A ghagra or a lehenga is a long gathered gypsy skirt with dazzling embroidery or mirror work and comes in vibrant colours. It is worn with a choli, which is a short closely fitted woman’s blouse that shows off the midriff, or a kurti.

Salwar Kameez

It consists of loose trousers narrow at the ankles, topped by a tunic top.

Churidaar Kurta

Churidaar is a version of salwar, which is loose up to knees and then fits the calf below. A salwar is a baggy pyjama with pleats which gets narrow at the ankles whereas churidaar fits below the knees with horizontal gathers near the ankles.

Man fashion

For men, traditional clothes are the Dhoti, Lungi or Kurta

Dhoti

A dhoti is from four to six feet long white or colour strip of cotton. This traditional attire is mainly worn by men in villages.

Lungi

A Lungi, also known as sarong, is a traditional garment of India. A Mundu is a lungi except that, it is always white.

Kurta

A traditional kurta consists of rectangular fabric pieces with perhaps a few gusset inserts, and is cut so as to leave no wasted fabric.

Sherwani

A Sherwani is a long coat / jacket that usually sports exposed buttons through the length of the placket.

Headgear

The Indian turban or the pagri is worn in many regions in the country

Curiosities

1. India is the world's largest democracy and second most populated country with over 1.2 billion people.
2. It is the seventh largest country, it has 28 states of various sizes.
3. It is common to find Sadhus. Wandering monks who always carry over their few possessions and travel in search of enlightenment.
4. Chess, algebra and trigonometry have their origins in India.
5. Four religions were born in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.Besides Yoga, which is calculated there for 5000 years.
6. Many people are confused when calling Hindus want to refer to the inhabitants of India, Indians.
7. According to Hindu literature there are more than 330 million deities.
8. The majority of Indian women are very traditional. Although in most modern cities is different.
9. It is estimated that between 5 to 6 million people Hijras or the third sex
10. The Ganges River is considered sacred
11. Indian Railways (the railway company) has more than 1.6 million employees making it one of the companies with more workers worldwide.
12. There are more than 300,000 mosques in India. More than in any other country. The 13% of Indians are Muslims
13. The spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama lives in exile, since the 50s in Dharamsala
14. The Kumbh Mela is a massive Hindu festival that takes place every 12 years
15. The popular sport, and almost unique, is the Cricket. A sport in which the parties can last from hours to a few days.
16. In India there is the second largest community of programmers after the US.
17. More than 2 million US residents are originally from India. Many businessmen or computer Featured
18. India and China, two of the oldest civilizations in the world, have coexisted peacefully for thousands of years.
19. The Hindi and English are the official languages of India but are also recognized 22 languages.