Educating Children About Different Cultures In India

India is culturally rich and robust. Almost every 100 kms, the country’s preferences, tastes, choices, customs change and/or are adapted as per the local folklore.

The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India. India’s languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. Educating children about these different cultures is important as this helps them understand their country better – an understanding of the cultural differences, how different are the festivals, the day to day activities of different people, their food habits and so on.

And how does one go about raising kids that are culturally sound? We list a few ideas below.

1) Celebrate all Festivals:

Indians celebrate a lot of festivals. Every festival is truly unique to its culture. And celebrating most of them will help children get a better grasp of our different cultures. For example, we at the Learning Curve celebrate every festival. From Eid & Diwali to Holi & Janmashtami, we make sure we celebrate every festival just how its supposed to be celebrated. Dressing in the attire of that particular festival, engaging in their own way of celebration and indulging in sweets and savouries associated with the festival, are some of the ways to learn about a culture.

2) Traditional Plays/Folk Dances:

Skip the movies for once, take your children to a traditional play. Let them learn about different cultures by seeing people in action. If taking them to an actual play is not an option, show them videos on YouTube.

3) Storytelling:

Children love stories and when you bring together stories and cultural values, you’ve got yourself a winner. Skip the fairy tales and the story of the beautiful princess’, switch to stories of our mythological characters and stories. Children will have a gala time imagining all the different mythological characters like Hanuman and Krishna and the stories behind them.

4) Travel:

The best way to learn about a culture will be engaging with the people associated with it, first-hand. Travel around the country, speak with the natives, learn about their

lives and help your children understand that India is rich in cultural diversity. There’s something different about India in every corner.

Parenting is a journey, and through a child, parents have the opportunity of giving society a moral citizen and thus, do their bit in shaping the future of the world. So, let’s endeavour to do this right.

Swati Bhatt