India

By: Garrett Moore

India is a very populous country. In the next few years, they will beat out China for the highest populated country. They are also one of the oldest countries, and still practice some celebrations that were introduced thousands of years ago.
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India Population Pyramid

Looking over the population pyramid, due to the greater quantity of infants to elderly people, it can be concluded that India is a developing country who has yet to reach their maximum potential.

Cultural Traits List

  • There is no national language, and 59% of Indians speak a language other than Hindi.
  • Birth place of Hinduism and Buddhism. 84% of Indians identify as Hindu, and 0.8% of Indians identify as Buddhist.
  • Indian dance and music span back almost 2000 years.
  • India celebrates three main national holidays: Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15), and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (Oct. 2)
  • India's clothing is very noticeable with women wearing colorful silk clothing. Men wear silk shirts that fall to their knees or waist, and wear dress pants/ silk baggy pants almost all the time.

Impact of Economics and Politics in Indian Culture

Economic and political change have led to young adults/ teens to be more independent in today's society. This is leading to an age gap between generations. Many older adults had their parents arrange weddings for them. Now young people have enough economic stability to find their future betrothed themselves, have free will, and be able to express their own beliefs.

Sources

CIA, India Age Structure

http://www.indexmundi.com/india/age_structure.html

Kim Ann Zimmerman, Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India

http://www.livescience.com/28634-indian-culture.html

Y. Gurappa Naidu, The Indian Journal of Political Science, Globalization and It's Impact on Indian Society

http://www.jstor.org/stable/41856193?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents