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Food Can Bring Us Together


An advertising agency in Australia created these wonderful dishes that resemble the national flags of select countries. Despite our differences food is something that can bring us altogether.

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Images owned by: Sydney International Food Festival
Produced by: WHYBIN\TBWA, Sydney, Australia

Hindi Travel Destinations – Hindi Culture for kids


Agra

Agra

Agra’s Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world and listed as one of the New Seven Wonders in the world. It is a shrine built in 1653 for Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Made of marble, this monument took 22 years for the 20,000 workers, masons and jewelers to build. Many landscaped gardens surround the building.

Jaipur

Jaipur is known as the Pink City.  It is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city is a very famous tourist and educational place to visit.  There are many old forts, historical monuments and museums in this city which help tell the history of India.

Goa

Goa is famous for its clean beaches. In the winter time, tourists from Europe come to Goa.  In the summertime, during the rainy season, tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.

Kashmir

KashmirKashmir was once called Heaven on Earth.  The Himalayan Mountain Range towers over the region. The area is very large with over two million square kilometers.

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular sunrise and sunset. The meeting of three ocean bodies – the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea – makes the sunrise and sunset very unique. On full-moon evenings, you can also see the moon rise and sunset at the same time on either side of the horizon!

Kerala (Backwaters)

Kerala (Backwaters)

Kerala is located on the tropical Malabar Coast. It has been called one of the “ten paradises of the world” by the National Geographic Traveler magazine.  It is also known for its clean earth initiatives, the beautiful backwaters and alternative healing massages.

Old Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India has mosques, forts and other monuments that represent India’s history. You can visit the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb which are named World Heritage Sites. Besides the historical places, you can see many government buildings and embassies.

Ajantha & Ellora

Ajantha & Ellora are 28 – 30 rock-cut cave monuments created during the first century B.C. and 5th century A.D. These contain paintings and sculptures.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is home to Tiger Hill.  The snow-capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Jannu and other peaks can be seen.  The views of many sunsets are also enjoyed here.

Mysore

Mysore

Mysore is located within the state of Karnataka. This observes the important ten day long Dasara Festival which celebrates “good over evil”.  The Ambavilas Palace is the center of these festivities.

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Children’s Songs – Hindi Culture for kids


Children’s Songs

Indian Children SingingHindi – English

Akar Bakar Bambay Bo – counting out rhyme

Ginti Geet – counting song

Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai – Fish is the Queen of the Water

Guddu, Guddu. Haan, Papa. – Johnny, Johnny. Yes, Papa.

Muffety Mai – Little Miss Muffet

Mary Be ek Bhed Pali – Mary Had a Little Lamb

English –Hindi

Sleep, Baby, Sleep – Nini Baba Nini

There was a Thirsty Crow – Ek Kawwa Pyasathaa

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Some Basic Words and Phrases in Hindi – Hindi Culture for kids


Indian ChildrenHello/Goodbye – namaste

Excuse me – maaf kijiyeh

Please – meharbani she

Thank you – shukriya

Yes – haan

No – nahin

How are you? – aap kiaseh hain?

Very well, thank you – bahut acha, shukriya

What’s your name? – aap ka shubh naam kya hai?

My name is. –  meraa naam.hai

Do you speak English? –  Kya aap angrezi aatee hai?

I don’t understand – meri samajh mei nahin aaya

What time is it? – Kitneh bajeh hain?

Numbers in Hindi

1 – ek
2 – do
3 – teen
4 – char
5 – panch
6 – chhe
7 – saat
8 – aath
9 – nau
10 – das

Indian names are different from region to region. People choose names based on their religion or level or society.  Names may come from a person involved with Indian history.

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Sports and Leisure Time – Hindi Culture for kids


Indian SportsMusic and dance are important parts of India’s culture. Sports are popular as well.  Cricket is a favorite with the National Cricket Team winning the 1983 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup among other tournaments.  Yoga began in India and the popularity has spread to other parts of the world.  Field hockey is the official national sport in India.  The team won the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup and 8 gold medals at former Olympic Games.  Chess also once known as chaturanga began in India in the 6th century.  Tennis and football are popular.   Traditional sports include the team tag games of kabaddi and kho kho, and gilli-danda (a game where you flick a short stick into the air with a long stick and the opposing team has to catch it).

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Hindi Culture – Hindi Culture for kids


India

India Flag

Geography

The Republic of India is a country in Asia.  It his home to more than one billion people!  This makes India the second largest country in the world.  India is bordered by Pakistan in the northwest, China and Nepal in the north, Bhutan and Bangladesh in the northeast, Myanmar in the east and Sri Lanka in the south.  India is a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides.  The Indian Ocean is to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west, and the Bay of Bengal to the east.

India GeographyIndia is a very diverse country with the northern cold, snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the north, the world’s highest rainfall in Cherrapunji, and the world’s driest place known as Thar Desert. More than half of India’s boundaries are beaches.  There are many rivers in India. The main rivers are the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Yamuna, the Godavari, the Kaveri, the Narmada and the Krishna.

The Flag

The National flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolor flag, of orange, white and green with the Ashok Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel in navy blue in the middle.  The orange color stands for courage and sacrifice; white for truth, peace and purity; and green for prosperity.  The wheel stands for righteousness.

India is divided into states and union territories.  They each elect their own local government.  There are twenty-eight states and 7 union territories.

Cultural Traditions

Hinduism SymbolThe Indian culture is a mixture of other cultures.  Many of India’s cultural traditions are over thousands of years old. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are all religions that began in this country. Today, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, followed by Buddhism which is the fourth largest.  80% of the people who live in India practice Hinduism. One important Hindu belief is that the cow is respected and seen as a symbol of ahimsa (peace) and good fortune.

For hundreds of years, India has practiced the custom of extended families.  An extended family is where parents, children and grandparents all live together. Uncles and aunts and their children may live in the same home, too.  The oldest male is the head of the family who makes most of the important decisions.  As India becomes more modern, this practice is changing so that parents with their children live in homes by themselves.

Arranged marriages have been a tradition in Indian society, too. Most Indians have their marriages planned by their parents but there are about 10-20% of marriages today that are not arranged. In the past, women were married quite young, but today the age for the bride is increasing.

Holidays and Festivals

India Festivals

Many holidays and festivals are celebrated in India. There are four national holidays called Independence Day, the Republic Day, the Gandhi Jayanti and May Day.  There are popular religious festivals, as well. In addition, many Indian states and regions have local festivals and fairs.  For example, the Pushkar Fair is one of the world’s largest markets and Sonepur Mela is the largest livestock fair in Asia.

Foods

Indian FoodIndia is known for its love for food and spices. Indian cuisine is different from region to region because of the local foods, the geography of the land, the local cultures and the groups of people who have come to live in India (Persians, Mughals and European colonists). There are many differences in the foods because of the spices and herbs that are used, the recipes that are chosen and the way the foods are cooked. A lot of Indian food is vegetarian (having no meat), but there are still many traditional Indian dishes that include chicken, goat, lamb, fish, and other meats. Indian food is very popular all over the world.  The most common food on an Indian menu is Punjabi cuisine (chicken tikka masala). There are many curry dishes. Kheer is a milk-based popular dessert.

Clothing

Indian Women Clothing

Traditional clothing in India is different throughout the country and is influenced by local culture, geography, climate and region. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as a sari for women and dhoti or lungi for men. The churidar or salwar-kameez with dupatta (a long scarf) thrown over the shoulder completes the outfit for women. Bindi, mehendi, earrings, bangles and other jewelry are common. On special occasions, such as marriage ceremonies and festivals, women may wear cheerful colors with many ornaments made with gold, silver or other regional stones and gems.  Traditionally, the red bindi was worn only by married Hindu women, and colored bindi was worn by single women, but now all colors and glitter are a part of women’s fashion.

Indian Men's ClothingMen’s clothing includes kurta-pyjama and European-style trousers and shirts. In cities, men often wear more western styled clothing of jeans, trousers, shirts and suits.

In public and religious places, Indian dress etiquette discourages the exposure of skin and wearing transparent or tight clothes. Most Indian clothes are made from cotton which is ideal for the country’s hot weather. Many Indians wear sandals.

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Business Capital of India with the most Innovative Buildings in the World: Mumbai


Mumbai is a very innovative and growing place, somewhere to visit if you never decide to visit anywhere else in the world. There are an estimated 16,368,084 in the metro area of Mumbai, and a total of 12,478,447 in the city area of Mumbai. Mumbai is formerly known as Bombay, and is the capital of Maharashtra. It is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world, and is the financial and business center of India. International airlines and railroads are the ways of which the world may connect with Mumbai, as it can spread over up to seven different islands. The land is very precious, because there is not much land to work with. Therefore, real estate is expensive.

To help the financial and environmental pressure on Mumbai a new city has been developed on the mainland across from the harbour. Navi Mumbai (New Bombay) is one of the biggest planned city projects of the continent. It is spread over several nodes; Navi Mumbai is connected by railroads to Mumbai. Mumbai most likely has the largest number of skyscrapers and slums in South Asia – an indicator of the disparity in living standards of its residents. Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, Malabar Hills and the western coast is where you can find Mumbai’s skyscrapers, while the suburbs has many apartments being built right at this moment.

The skyscrapers of Mumbai are among the tallest in the world, and some of the most innovative one may ever come across in this generation. India is the world’s largest producer of feature films and Mumbai produces more films than Hollywood, so that is another huge economic booster for Mumbai, and India as a whole. The tallest skyscraper of Mumbai actually is two buildings that accompany each other but are separate; The Imperial I and The Imperial II which both stands at 817ft. The second skyscraper, Ruby Mills Tower, stands at 614ft with Lodha Bellissimo trailing at 610ft. The final tallest skyscraper of Mumbai is Sunshine Tower, standing at 591ft. In total, Mumbai has 1,614 buildings with another 225 under construction and 88 in plans of being built. Now that’s a lot of construction!!!

 

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