Gujarat’s Culture :
As Gujarat Stands As ‘Heart Of India’, Multiculturalism
Is Traced In Gujarat. Gujarat Is A Flourishing State With Cultural Diversity.
It Is Vibrant With Its True Colors Of Rich Heritage And Cultural Traditions.
Dating Back To History With The Harappan Civilization, The State Becomes A
Junction Of Many Religions – Hinduism, Islam, Jainism And Buddhism. The
Gujarati Culture Blends In Arts, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions, Institutions,
Inventions, Language, Technology And Values.
Gujarat Is Influenced With Enculturation; A Culture
Shared With Members Of The Society And Passed On From One Generation To The
Next. Enculturation Has Organized People With Common Sense Experience And
Influence That Lead To Knowledge And Appreciation Of Cultural Traditions And
Lifestyles. The Phase Of Joining Hands To Greet Or Bow Down Comes Through Age
Influences As Proposal Reverence.
Background Making People Feel To Home Ground And More Comfortable With Other
People From Their Own Culture. Culture Jostle Unlike Other Countries Is
Therefore, A Trackless Point Which Makes People More Confident And Swingeing As
They Stand For A Challenge In Global Scenario.
Originally Known As Gujarat’s Guajarati’s Are
Influenced by the Waves from the Past That Inherit Values of Arts, Culture and
Traditions. Gujarat Has A Strong Cultural Influence Of Socio-Economic-Political
History. It Has A Special Concernment In Indian Political History As It Is A
Birthplace Of Mahatma Gandhi And The Main Influence To The People Of Gujarat
With His System Of Non Violence Movement.
Festivals And Fairs, Arts And Crafts, Folk Dances, Music, Cuisine And
Lifestyles Form A Major Cultural Background Of The People Who Belong To
Gujarat. The Customs And Beliefs Make The Culture More Pleasant And Truly
Blended With Values And Moral Characteristics.
Gujarat’s Are Usually Conservative Hindus Or Orthodox Muslims Living In A
Society That Rigidly Follows Traditions And Social Orders. What Binds The
Communities Together Is A Common Passion For Business And Making Money. The
Gujarat’s Are Renowned For Their Business Acumen, Sharpened Through Centuries
Of Maritime Trade And Commerce And An Inherent Ability To Do Business. The Native
Gujarati Has Spread To Many Parts Of The World - Notably East And South Africa,
UK And USA In Search Of New Business Opportunities. It Is This Spirit Of
Entrepreneurship That Has Made Gujarat One Of The Most Industrialized States In
The Gujarat State Of India, Boasts Of A Rich Culture And Heritage. The People
Of Gujarat Are Very Particular Regarding Their Value System. They Have
Preserved The Ancient Art And Craft Techniques And Still Practice Them With
Great Determination. Gujarat’s Are Proud of Their Customs and Traditions and
Follow Them with Utmost Pride. The People Of Gujarat Are Very Simple And Live
Life To The Fullest. The Spirit Of Gujarat Is Quite Visible From The Varied
Fairs And Festivals Celebrated In The State. It Is Further Enriched By The
Tribal People Residing Here. They Have Their Own Set Of Customs And Rituals. Thus,
Gujarat Has A Cultural Diversity Which Is A Unique Feature Of The State And Is
Known As The Land Of Festivals. A Number Of Fairs And Festivals Are Celebrated
In The State With Great Fervor And Joy. The Celebrations Of These Occasions Are
Accompanied With Traditional Dance And Music Performances. The State Has Been
Blessed With A Rich Tradition Of Performing Arts. The Basics Of The Dance Are
Singing And Clapping Rhythmically While Going Around The Goddess. Today Many
Modifications Are Prevalent To The Basic Pattern And Even Men Are Free To Join
In. Women Are Dressed In Exquisitely Embroidered, Set In Mirrors Cholis,
Ghaghras And Bandhani Dupattas! Extensive Jewelry In The Form Of Necklaces,
Bracelets And Anklets Are Also Worn. The Typical Dress Code Of Men Is Kehediyu,
Chudidar And A Turban.
Gujarat Is A State Of Music Lover And Has
Produced Some Of The Best Musicians Of India. It Is Said That The Legendary
Musicians Baiju Bawra And Tana Riri Belong To The State Itself. Narsinh Mehta,
Of The 'Vaishnav Janto' Acclaim, Also Hails From Gujarat.
Like All Other
States Of India, Gujarat Is Also Inhabited By People Of Different Religions, Castes
And Creeds. It Is One Of The Most Industrialized States Of India And Provides
Employment Opportunities For The Youth. As A Result, People From Across The
Country Have Settled In The State.
Gujarat Boasts Of A Rich Culture And Heritage. The People of Gujarat
Are Commonly Referred as Gujarat’s And The Main Language Spoken By Them Is Gujarati.
Gujarat Is A Flourishing State In All Spheres And As A Result, Numerous People
From Different Parts Of India Have Settled Here For Various Reasons.
Gujarat has an ancient history and origin to
boast of. It was earlier known as Gujarat (GUJARAT Rashtra), which means
GUJARAT nation. Gujarat s was on old clan, which inhabited the area during the
Mahabharata period. Another opinion regarding Gujarat’s is that they belonged
to Central Asia.
Though The Local Language Spoken Is ‘Gujarati’ –
It Remains A Mother Tongue For People Of Gujarat And Is Widely Spoken All Over
The World Wherever A Gujarati Exist. Surti, Charotari, Kathiawai And Kutchi
Languages Are Among The Many Others Languages Like Marathi, Sindhi and Punjabi
Etc. Are Spoken In Gujarat Regions.
Majority Of The Guajarati’s Are Vegetarian. A Traditional
‘Gujarati Thali’ Consisting Of Dal (Lentils), Roti, Rice And Vegetables Apart
From Salads, Farsan And Sweet Dish Followed By Chas, Forms The Morning Meal. Evening
Food Consist Of ‘Bhakri-Shak’ Or Khichdi Kadhi. Mainly, The Diet Of The People
Of Gujarat Consists Of Cereals, Pulses, Green Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Ghee, Butter-Milk,
Etc. A Variety Of Cuisine Sub-Ordinates Like Pickles, Chutney, Papad, Yoghurt, Etc
Serve As Fillings On Main Menu. A Variety Of Dishes Are Prepared By Gujarati Women
Who Also Add Spice To Kitchen With Eateries From Other Regions Like The South
Indian Food, Continental, Chinese Cuisines, Etc.
Work Culture :
Majority Of The Gujarati Thrive As Business
Persons. However, Gujarat Is A Leading Industrial State That Ranks Its
Commercial Capital And Textile City Ahmedabad As 7th In India. It Possesses
Highest Number Of Operating Airports; The Gujarat Cities Are Connected
Worldwide. Many Business Opportunities See Way To Development With The Vibrant
Gujarat In Various Sectors As:
Faith and Beliefs :
Major Multicultural Religious Faith System With The Inception Of All-Embracing
Religious Faith Ranging From Caste To Caste. The Major Religions Followed Are
Hinduism, Jainism And Buddhism. Groups Like Bohras And More Salaam Garasias,
Kutchis Who Had Been Converted To Islam Still Have Eqaunimous Way Of Life Of A
Typical Gujarati. Sunni Muslims Are Second Largest Group, Followed By Jains,
Parsis Of Iranian Descent Of South Gujarat And Christians. People Of Gujarat
Are God Fearing, Friendly And Good Natured. They Live In Harmony And Respect
Each Other’s Faith And Beliefs. Guajarati’s are Often Found to Mingle and Enjoy
All Religious Festivals with No Caste or Creed Differences.