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    Why the people who live in other countries make a point to live and follow our traditions for sure ?

    I have been getting many videos from my friends and relatives living abroad in different countries and one thing is common that every occasion of the life is celebrated and they feel they are in India and that kind of celebration is being done and the video is shared with us. For example getting a cow dung is problem in India itself in select places. I got a video that fore ground of a house was smeared with cow dung and then decorated with choicest rangoli colours or kolam. Even when they were in India probably they might not have attempted with that keen. Are our people vying with each other to keep our culture and tradition alive even in foreign countries ?
  • #627120
    V.S. Naipaul, a Trinidadian writer, devotes a part of his book 'The Overcrowded Barracoon' to this issue. What he also says is that people living in foreign countries are more bent upon preserving their native culture and traditions than the native people themselves. They tend to observe each and every tradition of their culture while people in their native land have themselves gone beyond those values.
    There are various reasons for it: a sense of alienation and exile in a strange land, and attempts to preserve one's own pride and dignity in preserving one's culture and traditions.
    Culture plays a significant role in one's life. Shared beliefs, values, behavior and a way of living give a sense of belonging and a sense of community to a person. To a person living in a foreign country where exists a different mainstream culture, his own culture becomes even more important. It is to overcome the sense of strangeness and alienation in the different land, even he himself does not consciously recognize it.
    What is however interesting is: when these same people return to their native land, usually they try to follow the mannerisms of the people of that foreign country they were living in. Whereas they were feeling a sense of inferiority ( if one might say it) in that foreign country, a sense of superiority tend to mark their behavior after their return to their native land. They become, in the process, displaced and discontented human beings.

  • #627122
    After leaving the motherland, the Indians settled abroad feel nostalgic and try to relive their past albeit temporarily by celebrating our festivals and such other cultural events.

    I often visit San Jose in California, USA where my both children are settled and have seen that there are many Hindu Temples like Shri Siddhi Vinayaka Cultural Center, Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, Fremont Hindu Temple, Balaji Temple etc. The people here observe all festivals - not only Holi and Diwali like festivals but religious festivals like Karwa Chauth, Navratri, Ganesh Chaturthi etc. also.

    Often festivals are celebrated at community level on next weekend instead of on the day of festival itself. Holi celebration in the campus of the Stanford University is most famous in this area.

    As far as cow dung cakes are concerned, the same are available online in India also on portals like Amazon and eBay etc. Some buyers ask for gift wrapping also of cow dung cakes.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #627155
    When we are in the same state we think about our district. When we meet somebody we will ask them you are from which district. When we are in the same district we say we are from so and so village and try to catch up with the people from that village. When you are in another state of the country we will try to meet the people from our state. When we are out of the country we look for our country people. When you are away from your place respect for your place and the traditions in your place will increase. They feel that they are missing those occasions. If the concentration of our people increases in another country they will unite and form a society and try to have festivals and other functions together. This is a general observation. There will be a liking for the mother country and homeland as you are away from that place. So they will try to enjoy the culture and rituals of this place wherever they are. But unfortunately, people who are in their homeland are forgetting these good occasions and culture.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #627179
    Being in a foreign land especially for Indians who are Hindus have to adjust to the life of the land. Yet, this new foreign land offers often finance and quality of life. But often, it lacks the sense of spiritual bonding and interactions at festivals, following traditions etc. The money and luxuries are visible to many but the lack of avenues to practice faith and seek spiritual satisfaction is something that only people who have been abroad would understand.

    The migrant people have a sense of detachment and possible guilt/yearning that they could not visit a temple, they could not do a pooja, they cannot have a physical place of faith wherein they can seek spiritual solace.

    So, in short what is at plenty here in India,is short overseas. Hence to have 'a link' a bond' with Indian traditions the migrants have huge temples, halls built. In Birmingham, England, the Balaji temple would be crowded with Indians, naming and head tonsuring ceremonies would be linked for the families to see in India, residential programmes for students in vedic life would be conducted. In Eastham area of London, there are so many temples, that many Hindus feel at home.
    In Neasden the Swaminarayan temple is a famous place for Indians to congregate, any visit to the Welmbey Stadium who automatically mean a visit to the temple in the morning or early evenings.

  • #627184
    Yesterday I watched a telecast of spiritual discourse by an eminent spiritual preacher. During his speach he pointed out that to get multi, it is to be tried by praying Lord for the same. On thinking Him only we can realize that He an multi is pleasure than this universal pleasure. Similarly those living in other countries realized our culture and tradition has a great value than others.
    Today I read in what's up that many of us crying and longing for homely food only when we happened to eat hotel food.


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