We have a saying in Bengali- “Baro mashe tero parbon” which literally means we celebrate “thirteen festivals in twelve months”. Though the majority of population in India follow Hinduism (considered the oldest religion in the world), there is a good mix of people following other religions. This means you have some festival or other being celebrated through the year. So, if you ask me, 13 festivals in 12 months is a very conservative statement!
For a country which has more than 30 languages being spoken by more than a million people each and so many different cultures and customs, religion is a powerful adhesive. In fact, nothing unites or divides the people like religion. So, on one hand you have hundreds of thousands of people celebrating various festivals together, however you also have riots over religion.
To understand Indian culture, understanding the religious customs is a…
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