India is a country rich of different cultures. The culture is everything; like the way of behaving towards others, ideas, customs we follow, arts, handicrafts, religions, food habits, fairs, festivals, music and dance are parts of the culture. Some of the major religions of country are Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Shikhism, and Zoroastrianism. India is a country where various languages are spoken in different parts of the country. People here are generally used of varieties in costume, social beliefs, customs and food-habits. India is a famous country for its various cultural dances like classical (Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Kathakli, Kuchipudi) and folk according to the regions. Punjabis enjoy dancing Bhangra, Gugaratis enjoy doing Garba, Rajasthanis enjoy Ghumar, Assamese enjoy Bihu whereas Maharashtrian enjoy Lavoni.
The 22nd of September was the day set for celebrating the huge variety of different cultures. All the students get ready for the day before it by shopping their respective clothing and accessories. Students arrived at the IGTC very excitedly and dressed according to their own rituals and cultures. Firstly, students were engaged in making and decorating rangoli, which looked wonderful. Students and faculties both had made the rangoli with arranging several flowers into a decorative manner. After completing it, we had a lunch. All were requested to bring their cultural foods and snacks. There was a wide collection of food on our dining desk. We had varieties such as paneer masala, sambhar, chicken biryani, parotha, rice etc. Afterwards we had several interesting and entertaining activities which are described as follows.
First was The Fashion Show or Ramp Walk. There, the participants were grouped into four groups. All were glittering in their own styles. Some were ready in lungi, some were in kurtas and pyjamas and some were in sarees and traditional wear. The show started and all students demonstrated their own individual walking style according to their personality. Initially, it felt a bit awkward for some, but in the end everybody enjoyed a lot! Among the participants, eight were selected for one further round in which they had to show their skills and abilities. They were asked to sing, dance, play music or display another artistic demonstration representing their own culture. Finally, three students were awarded a prize for winning the competition. It was a wonderful activity which was cherished by everyone. In the afternoon, the students enjoyed a meticulously designed treasure hunt which was bristled with smart and difficult challenges. The day was rounded off by playing dumb charades, which was very enjoyable in this special environment and a good ending to a fun day.