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UNIQUE IN INDIA: Unique and strange customs and traditions of Indians

Each country will have a number of different customs and practices and have its own unique characteristics. For India – a place with the most unique and unique culture and traditional customs that only local people can understand.

Nag Panchami – Festival honoring snakes

Snakes are feared worldwide because of their poisonous nature and the deadly danger they pose to humans. However, India is one of the few places in the world where snakes are not only mascots for prayers but even have their own festivals. While all snakes are considered domestic deities, it is especially the king cobra, considered one of the most dangerous snakes, that is the most revered. The festival honoring snakes as deities is called Nag Panchami, and on this day, cobras are fed milk, sometimes even mice, and are most revered on this day of prayers. Celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Shravan (between August and September), it is said that during prayers, snakes do not bite people on this day.

Theemithi – Festival of walking through fire with bare feet

Theemithi is one of the most difficult rituals in Tamil culture. To attest to their devotion and faith in God, dozens of worshipers literally “walk” across a strip of burning coals with bare feet. It is said that if people have strong faith, they will not get burned. Although only adults are allowed to participate, it is customary for an adult to carry a child on their shoulders while crossing the burning coals.

Lathmar Holi- Festival of beating husbands with sticks

This tradition, popular in certain areas of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is observed during the Holi festival and involves married women of the Hindu community literally beating their husbands with a long and thick stick. The name of the tradition comes from the Hindi words meaning stick and mar meaning to beat. Celebrated mainly in the towns of Nandgoan and Barsana, the story behind this ritual is that on the day of Holi, a jolly lord tried to visit Radha in Barsana village but was chased by gopis or people. women of the town.

Festival…throwing cow dung

Getting soiled in cow dung is unlikely to be a pleasant experience for most people, but revelers at the Gore Habba festival are happy to participate in cow dung fights in the belief that it has medicinal effects.

The dung festival is an annual event that takes place in Gumatapura village, located in southern India. Every year after the Deepavali holiday, villagers – and anyone willing to join them – take part in a giant poop-throwing challenge.

Cow dung – used in rural India for a variety of purposes, from composting to stove fuel. Before each event cow dung is stockpiled in large quantities to ensure that revelers do not run out of “ammo”. Although it may look quite unhygienic to stain your entire body in feces, adherents believe that it actually cures diseases.

The traditional dung throwing festival comes from the belief that the remains of a saint are placed in a pit in the village and take the shape of a Linga, covered with cow dung over time. The village deity is also said to value cow dung, so the villagers dump it in the area behind the local temple.

The unique customs of Indians have created a rich and diverse cultural picture. From religious ceremonies, India offers visitors a wonderful cultural experience, Indians have conveyed messages of solidarity, respect and filial piety. Embark on your cultural journey and let the unique Indian customs imprint on your mind and heart.