Our country is a land rich in culture and heritage. Irrespective of which part of the country you belong to, it is a given that your family/community has certain traditions which are followed even to this day. It is the simplest of traditions, like greeting guests with a namaste or feeding curd to a loved one before an important day, that makes us unique.
Recently, people online listed the various traditions they still continue to follow. From not keeping books on the floor to feeding people as an expression of love, here are all the heartwarming traditions people listed that are relatable AF!
Not sure if it's common in other parts
But here in TN, instead of "Bye" / "I'm leaving", we say "We'll go and come back" (Poitu Vaanga / Poitu Varom) https://t.co/sMXV88fFpG
— 🌿 (@ihatetrads) December 12, 2021
If I accidentally touch a book or magazine with my foot, I touch it with my fingers and bring them to my head and chest as if to apologize to goddess saraswati. 3 decades of being an out and out atheist, but I still have to do it. https://t.co/U6LzqPyv7H
— Gaurav Sabnis 🇮🇳🇺🇸 (@gauravsabnis) December 11, 2021
Showing affection by getting food for others https://t.co/hHhf6HTBrN
— soha (@SohaTazz) December 11, 2021
Taking my shoes off at the door. Eating with my right hand. Never letting books touch the floor. My parents have pavloved me into feeling physically affected if I don’t do these things https://t.co/v5laH4jp0k
— daivi💐 (@DaiviPatel) December 11, 2021
I am left-handed, but very conscious of not using it outside the home for handing out money. It’s considered bad luck or inauspicious or something.
— Karthik Venkatesh ( کارتِک وینکٹیش, ਕਾਰਤਿਕ) (@karthik_venk) December 11, 2021
In spite of being an atheist, if I accidentally touch a book with my foot (or a person), I touch the book (or person) with my fingers and then bring the fingers to my head and chest, seeking forgiveness ✌🏻
— Karthik (@fiddlesticks83) December 11, 2021
I once scolded an American friend for keeping shoes and food in the same bag (they were both individually wrapped of course). Then realised this is a uniquely Indian thing. 🙈🤦♀️ https://t.co/SjikD9RbJW
— Pratichi (@pratichi) December 12, 2021
This spice box aka anjarai petti (in Tamil) aka masala dabba is one I hold dearly!!
Cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric, chili powder are more or less constant in most S Asian household’s spice boxes. Rest of the items vary by regional association. https://t.co/QXH1AQohf4 pic.twitter.com/YCKXPFYFnj
— Shoba Subramanian, Ph.D. (she/her) (@Shoba_Bio) December 11, 2021
The one where we'll invite you for a quick catch up over tea & light refreshments, but it'll actually end up being a giant meal where we talk for 5-6 hrs. You'll then be asked to eat enough to sustain you for 2 days, & you'll be offered (read coerced) to take some leftovers too. https://t.co/eVj4iLxWx3
— Vikas Navratna (@vikasnavaratna) December 11, 2021
no books on the floor https://t.co/EukI6scoMi
— ali (@aIiqze) December 11, 2021
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Paying for dinner because I’m the older sibling/cousin/aunt – and sometimes with friends much younger than me 💕 https://t.co/i09PMXQRUE
— Mina Malik-Hussain (@cyclestand4) December 13, 2021
Taking off my shoes at the home entrance and wearin ghar ki chappal instantly https://t.co/5ByjnWicUT
— Anam (@rhetorician97) December 12, 2021
asking my parents for permission before stepping out of the house while humans my age are becoming parents themselves https://t.co/Awex9efzqp
— S (@quissumsimul) December 12, 2021
Never returning a food container empty 💫 https://t.co/Nq5yJc1nba
— disgruntled pelican (@mianfaseehat) December 11, 2021
I will offer you tea, coffee or a beverage whenever you come to my home https://t.co/5hoaDQCplI
— Ch(aortic) Stenosis #BLM (@MySystolic) December 10, 2021
Are there traditions that you continue to follow? Share with us!
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