Lifestyles of Indian States

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Different Lifestyles followed by the States of India

A Project Report by
Siddhant Sharma (St. Thomas School)
s/o Dr. Chanchal Kumar Sharma

India is a country of twenty eight states and seven union territories. Lifestyle means the way of life of the people. This includes their language, religion, dance, dresses and food. Different states of India follow different lifestyles. This project is about lifestyle of ten major states of India.

1. Haryana 

Haryanavi is the dominant mother tongue of Haryana. Hindi is spoken as spoken as a second language. Haryana is called the Land of Rotis because this is the main food item in Haryana. Tea, Buttermilk (Lassi), Thandai are the local drinks. Bajra ki roti, Bajra Ki Khichdi and Bathua Ka Raitha are also popular food items.Women love to wear colourful dresses. The men generally wear white dhoti or pajama, white-coloured kurta, 'Pagri'. All-white attire is a status symbol for men.  Women wear ghaggra, lehenga, Kurti (shirt) and a printed orhni. Haryanvi Ragini is a part of folk music in Haryana. Khoria and Jhumar Dances are performed by women and Dhamal Dance is a folk dance of Men. Ras Leela is also a common folk dance.

2. Punjab

The people of Punjab speak Punjabi language. The food of the state include roti, rice, dals and vegitables. "Sarso ka saag" and "Maki ki roti" are special food items of Punjab. The popular dress worn by the women of Punjab is salwar kameez and bright colored duppattas. The traditional dress of the men of Punjab comprises a kurta pyjama, loongi, turban and punjabi Jutti. Bhangra is the main dance of men. "Gidha" is women's dance. The main festivals of Punjab are: Dewali, Holi, Lohri, Basant Panchami, Hola Mohalla, Baisakhi and Guru Purb.

3. Rajasthan
Rajasthani community is known as marwaris. They speak Rajasthani language. Rajasthani food is known for its snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori and ghevar. Other famous dishes include bajre ki roti, lashun ki chutney , mawa kachori, malpauas  and rassgollas from Bikaner. A Rajasthani traditional dress for females includes lehenga and choli. It is full of mirror-work and embroidery. Men wear dhotis, Chudidar payjama,  kurta, and  safa  Folk music is a part of Rajasthani culture. The Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer are very popular. The religious festivals include: Deepawali, Holi, Gangaur, Teej, Gogaji, MakarSankranti and Janmashtami.

4. Himachal

The native languages of Himachal are Pahari, Dogri, and Kangri.   The food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India but non-vegetarian food is more preferred. Himachal is well known for Pashmina shawl and Himachali caps. Some of the dances of Himachal are Losar Shona  Dulshol, Dharveshi, Drodi, Dev Naritya and Rakshas Nritya. The fairs and festivals include Kullu Dussehra, Shivratri , Shoolini Mela and Holi .

5. Kerala
Kerala is popularly known as God's own country. The people of kerala speak Malayalam language. Kerala food includes rice, coconuts, seafood (fish, prawn). The traditional dress of the men in Kerala is the mundu which is a piece of cloth wrapped around the waist. Most women wear a saris and short blouses. Many women also wear a kumkum in the middle of the forehead. Folk dances of Kerala are Kathakali, Koothu and Mohiniyattom. Kerala has its own native music system called sopanam. Kerala is also home of Carnatic music. Kerala is the land of festivals like Onam, Vishu and Thiruvathirai. 6. Tamil Nadu

The people of Tamil Nadu speak Tamil language. Lord Shiva and Lord Sivan are the supreme deities of the Tamil Nadu. Rice is the staple food of Tamils. They eat dosa, idly, vada, coconut chutney, sambhar and rasam. They also eat chicken, mutton, and fish. The Kanchipuram silk sarees of Tamil Nadu are world famous. Rural women wear Chettinad sarees. Bharathanatyam is a classical Indian dance that...
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