The western world has always kept an eye on Indian tradition for its rich resources . They also strongly believed that rule over India will enrich them with all the exotic resources especially spices and the precious stones.
Firstly the western world or the occident can be solely expressed as countries from Europe, American and Australian origin. Though there were many invasions in the former time, arrival of Vasco da gama in 1498 AD opened the Indian channel to the western world. Hence the dream of reaching India for the western countries became reality.
Impact of Indian family system and tradition in the western world
The most important thing that admired the western world is that family system in India namely the joint family system. In Western countries they live as nuclear family where there will be only the parent and the children . They will live seperately and grandparents will live seperately. This is not at all good for growing children. Hence nowadays many are trying to incorporate Indian family system, the style of joint family in the west.
By following the traditions of India they feel fresh, and enjoy it as a new experience. The Indian traditions are very much society oriented, hence they feel protected and caring.
Also the festivals, dance and music of India are very popular there. They enjoy and practice Hindustani and Carnatic music and Indian dance forms like kathak, Bharatanatyam etc. Western people also enjoy bollywood or Indian cinema.They also celebrate festivals like diwali and holi.Western people happily enjoy the compassion of their family and friends while celebrating a festival in Indian style.
Food habits and traditional Indian attires that admired the western world
India is a country of huge traditional value. From one end to other end the culture varies and hence the food and attires varies. Each culture has its own tradition of food and costumes.
Indian food habits and practices have immense medicinal values. Europeans invaded India mainly to enjoy the spices and other aspects of the food industry of India. They were very much impressed by the food habits and took it back to their country. Still there are a lot of Indian cuisines and restaurants available and providing Indian traditional food.
For many family functions and even many celebrities have now started to incorporate Indian traditional attires. They may vary from traditional sarees, pyjamas, salwar kameez, lehengas etc..
They feel that it will connect them to the audience more. Many started to wear traditional Indian attire during their festivals and special occasions too.
Religious connect between Indian tradition and the western world
India is the origin for religions namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Swamy Vivekananda and Paramahamsa Yoganandha also contributed great for the spread of Indian religious thoughts. And now recently the most precious possession of India “the yoga” has gained attention world wide.
Literature works on India by the western authors
Many western countries showed much interest on Indian literature and sanskrit language to know more about Indian tradition. They think that Indian literatures had more human values. Ralph Waldo Emerson , William Butler Yeats, T.S. Eliot etc wrote on Indian traditional values in their works.
Many praise the traditions followed in India. They may be the food or attires or social practices, which we are as Indians take for granted. We overuse our value and do not bother about the outcome which makes our country ‘s image very shabby in front of other countries. Knowing the values of our country and proper use of the resources has the power to make our country prosper as it was ever.
Authored by Indhirani K
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