Society & Culture
Indian Villages
Most of India`s people live in villages. Most Indian villagers are concentrated in heavily forested areas that combine inaccessibility with limited political or economic significance. Indian city dwellers often refer nostalgically to "living a simple village life," but the Indian villages, are mostly regarded as just a few underdeveloped areas, which have quite a less access to the outside urban world.
Indian Villages celebrate some of the unique festivals that reflect the rural charm and simplicity of the Indian people. The villages of the Indian states are special for their distinguished fairs and festivals, however, festivals like Republic Day, Diwali, Gandhi Jayanti, Id-ul- Fitr, Independence Day and Janmastami are celebrated nationwide. Besides the religious festivals cultural ones are also predominant in the Indian villages.
The Indian Census of 2001, state that 74% of Indians live in 6,38,365 different villages. India has about 500,000 villages that are scattered throughout the country, where the population varies accordingly. Some villages have a population less than 500, while 3,976 villages have a population of more than 10,000 people. In hilly regions of central, eastern and far northern India, villages are more spread out, reflecting the nature of the topography. In the wet states of West Bengal and Kerala, houses are more dispersed; in some parts of Kerala, they are constructed in continuous lines, with divisions between villages not obvious to visitors.
Indian Weddings
A wedding is a ritual that celebrates the beginning of a marriage or civil union. Wedding traditions and customs greatly vary between cultures, countries, religions, ethnic groups, and social classes. In some countries, cultures and religions, the real act of marriage begins during the actual wedding ceremony. In other customs, the legal act of marriage occurs during the time of signing the marriage license or other legal document, and the wedding is then an opportunity to perform a traditional ritual and celebrate with friends and family. A woman who is getting married is called a bride, a man called a groom, and after the ceremony they become a wife and husband, respectively. Nuptial is the adjective of "wedding
Types of Marriages - Marriages are still made in heaven for the average Hindu couple. Hindus regard the institution of marriage as a sacrament and not just a contract between two persons of opposite sex. It`s a lifelong commitment and is the strongest social bond between a man and a woman. The Vedas too affirm that a person after the completion of his student life should enter the second stage of life, that is, the Grihastha or life of a householder.
Indian Women
Women in India have always been topics of concern. The family and society at large consider women as second class citizens. Though we respect and preach them in the name of Durga, Saraswati, Parvati and Kali, we also abuse her in the form of Child-marriage, Female infanticide, Sati, Sexual harassment and many more. From a largely unknown status to a relatively low period in Medieval India, the condition of women is still somewhat the same.
In India, the families are always `Patriacal` i.e. male dominated. Women were never given any Rights of liberty and equality. They were always treated as Inferior as an item or showpiece in the house. Women were considered as Machines for giving birth to children. The condition of women was so bad that if she gave birth to a girl child she was treated in a humiliated manner. The boy child was seen as `kul-ka-deepak` (taking the family name ahead in generations).
Indian Religions
The English word religion is derived from the word "Religioun". It may have been originally derived from the Latin word "Religo" which means "good faith", "ritual" and other similar meanings. Indian religion as the name suggests, is a category of religion that originated in the Indian subcontinent.Religions that are originated in India are Buddhism, Hindusim, Jainism and Sikhism. These Indian religions share similarities in beliefs, methods of worship, and practices due to their common history of origin, and some mutual influences.

India has a diverse culture of many faiths and religions, which makes it the most unique country in the world. Every Indian religion has its own customs and traditions, which traverse the boundary of religion, cast and creed and India is no different!

The development of religion has taken many forms in various cultures. It considers psychological and social roots, along with origins and historical development. Religion in India is the most prominent feature and it has found its expression in various art forms, literature and other activities. India is land of diversified religion. Indian religion is considered to form a subgroup of the larger class of "Eastern religions". History of Indian Religion is very extensive and quite interesting.

The ancient culture of South Asia, about 4,500 years ago, had come down to India primarily in the form of religious texts. Moreover, the artistic heritage, as well as intellectual and philosophical contributions, has always owed much to the religious thought and symbolism.