because of her diversity, rich cultural heritage and colourful tradition has
always been a favoured destination for the travel buffs. India since time
immemorial has followed a set of customs that are performed while welcoming
a guest. Many a times it is the uniqueness and colours of Indian customs
that draws tourists time and again as these customs reflect the true image
of India and its society.
Immortal Indian Customs
Namaste or Namaskar is a known form of salutation in India. Palms of both
the hands when joined together forms the perfect namaskar pose. It is used
for welcoming as well as bidding a guest farewell. However, other forms of
greeting in India are: 'Sat-sri-akal' by the Sikhs, 'Adaab' by Muslims and '
Vannakkam' by Tamilians.
Tilak ( kumkum)
Tilak is also part of greeting the guests where a mark of thick red
vermilion is applied on the forehead of the visitors. In this thick paste
one can also find a fine mixture of turmeric, camphor, curd and sandalwood.
This custom can also be used at both the times of welcoming and bidding the
guests farewell. It is applied as a blessing from God.
Aarti in India is not only done to show religious zeal but also to welcome
guests. It is a holy way to seek blessings from God for all the loved ones.
The Aarti ceremony is performed by lighting five lamps called niranjanas.
The niranjanas are filled with ghee and arranged in a small tray. Once the
maps are lit, the tray is rotated in a cirular direction in front of the
person to be welcomed. However the basic purpose behind performing aarti is
to bid farewell to the evil effects.
Garlands are a means to show respect and honour to deities as well as
guests. Flowers are tied together and are a popular means of welcoming
These unique cum special Indian customs makes India " wannabe" on