Indian culture is exclusive and is the land of some of the oldest cultures in the world. India is one such country that has many religions, beliefs, languages and foods. Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity and Islam are some of the religions followed in India. Children know about festivals and celebrations, but they are still deprived of the deeper diversity that is rooted in our culture.
Why is it essential to teach students about Indian culture and traditions?
The saying “Unity in diversity” is not just words. Since ancient times, India has always been famous for its traditions. The warmth of the people and the euphoric celebrations make our country so special. Indian culture has a dynamism of all kinds, the country is an example of tolerance, cooperation, secularism, coexistence and social bond between brothers.
Indian culture has never been rigid and this is one of the reasons it proudly survives to this day. Every aspect of Indian culture has varied layers that make it unique.
How does teaching children about Indian culture and traditions help?
Parents and teachers must inculcate moral and ethical values in children. Children understand the importance of family and how it acts as a support system. They learn to accept their heritage and will not develop insecurities of any kind.
It helps students to be proud and connect to their culture and appreciate where they come from. Children learn to respect elders, continue to respect their traditions and uphold the values passed down from generation to generation.
There are many ways for children to learn about Indian culture and traditions. Here are a few tips :
Follow Indian culture at home
Learning begins at home. Celebrate festivals by following Indian culture, tradition and rituals. It’s an interesting and fun way that can give them a real sense of who they are.
Show them examples of Indian culture
Children learn by example. Indian culture is rooted in different beliefs. Every family has a way of celebrating holidays or a way of performing rituals. Schools are an ideal platform for instilling tolerance and educating children of different faiths, traditions and cultures through the celebration of festivals and special days.
Watch Indian cultural programs
Show them folk dances or attend Indian cultural programs in and around the community. Such activities arouse curiosity in a child’s mind and help them come closer to understanding Indian customs and traditions.
Give them books on Indian culture and involve the children in traditional games and activities
Give them books on Indian values and culture. Reading fosters the imagination and develops language and emotions. Reading can also give children information about culture and heritage. Traditional games have been passed down from generation to generation and their origins date back centuries. Traditional games can help children remember their roots and contribute to the development of the mother tongue.
Discuss the different cultures of each state
India is a big country and each state has a unique culture and different traditions. Festivals are celebrated differently in the states. It is important to talk to children about these unique traditions so that they are aware of the dynamic side of the country.
Take a trip to another state
Take the kids on a school or family trip to another state or region. Travel is the best way to learn. Children can experience the different facets of Indian culture by being physically present, interacting with the locals, eating authentic food and living like the locals do.
Encourage traditional dressings and foods
Wearing traditional ethnic clothing in daily life or at parties is a way of showing love, respect and acknowledging traditional values that have been passed down from generation to generation. With the spread of fast food in the country, children forget the value and benefits of traditional food. The traditional kitchen brings a feeling of comfort and belonging. It brings people together. All this contributes to the values of India. It also helps children bond with friends and family.
Today’s world is changing rapidly and children are confused between modern life and tradition. It is the responsibility of parents and teachers to strike the perfect balance between maintaining the traditional values, culture and customs required to help children embrace their identity and heritage and stay connected to their culture, no matter where they aspire to live in the future.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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