India is rich in its customs and traditions, which keeps Indians binding together. Indian culture is widely accepted as a perfect model for people from all communities. Though, India own a cultural heritage and strong cultural background based on the Hindu faith, other religions also pursue the divine culture of India.
Most prominent among the culture of India is the importance given to familial relationship. From time immemorial people in India live as families including father, mother, and children. This is practiced in the 21st century also. Familial relationship gives a new status to the Indian Diaspora round the world. Another important cultural specialty of India is the prominence given to “Griha” or home. House warming is performed in the Indian style irrespective of religion, caste, or creed. Godh bharna is also a very significant event in the lives of Hindu married women that celebrates the first pregnancy of the bride of the house and is held in the seventh month of pregnancy. Naamkaran or naming ceremony is also a part of the Indian culture, which is still practiced through out the country. One of the most important aspects of Indian culture is the respect for parents, and for age. By touching the feet of elders and parents, people usually pay respect to them.
Griha Pravesh is an auspicious ceremony performed on the occasion of a person’s first entry into a new house. Once the house is ready, the family moves in on a particular day that is determined by the astrological charts. Purity of panchang (almanac) and auspicious time (muhoort) must be considered during the griha pravesh. Ancient Indian scriptures mention three types of Griha Pravesh: Apoorva, Sapoorva, and Dwandwah.
Vastu pooja or offerings to the Land God is performed outside the house before the actual entry into the house. A copper pot is filled with water, navadhanya (nine kinds of grains) and one rupee coin. A coconut is then placed on the top of the pot. Coconut is covered with the red cloth and tied with the red thread called moli. After this the priest performs the pooja, add the husband and wife take this copper pot in the house together and place it near the ceremonial fire.
Indian marriages are viewed as almost necessary in the Indian society. Arranging a marriage is the responsibility of Indian parents and other relatives of both bride and groom. Indian Marriage alliances entail some redistribution of wealth as well as building and restructuring social realignments, and, of course, result in the biological reproduction of families. In India there is no greater event in a family than a wedding. In arranging and conducting of marriages, the complex permutations of Indian social systems best display themselves. Some parents begin marriage arrangements on the birth of a child, but most wait until later. Indian marriages are different regionally, even though it follows the Hindu tradition.
In the lives of Hindu married women Godh Bharna is a very significant event. This function that is held for and by women is celebrated with great festivity. It is a ceremony that celebrates the first pregnancy of the bride of the house and is held in the seventh month of pregnancy. In Hindu mythology ‘godh’ means the lap of the woman and ‘bharna’ means to fill. Therefore, the mother and mother-in-law of the prospective mother fill her godh, represented by the palav of her sari with items symbolizing a good omen like a coconut marked with a red swastika, moong, supari (betel nut) and silver coins in one rupee and quarter rupee denominations.
Indians, from early age paid respect for their elders, especially to parents. Children are taught to practice touching the feet of people who are older than them.