Over the course of documented Indian history, the status of women has changed dramatically. Women’s status in society was enhanced early in India’s ancient period when they were granted equal rights to men, including the freedom to choose their partners and marry more than one man, especially in Indo-Aryan speaking regions, and their subordination was reinforced well into the modern period. Let us see some general cultures of Indian Women.
Traditional dress form of women of India
Women wear saris (long swaths of fabric draped around the body) and salwar kameez (short swaths of fabric wrapped around the body) all over India. A bindi is a piece of jewellery worn by women. The bindi on the forehead, contrary to popular belief, does not indicate marital status; however, the Sindoor does.
Fasting is an important aspect of Hindu tradition. Fasts, also known as Vrats or Upvas, are a method to demonstrate your sincerity and resolution, as well as to thank the Gods and Goddesses. During numerous religious festivals, people across the country practise fasts. Some individuals may fast on specific days of the week in honour of a specific God or Goddess associated with that day. It is often believed that by doing so, you are depriving your body of a basic need and thereby punishing yourself in order to purify yourself of the sins committed up until the fast day. The rules and regulations of a rapid are determined by the circumstances. Fasting is thought to have originated in the Vedic rite of starting a sacrificial fire for sacrifice purposes. People may have observed fasts when they had to kindle or rekindle the household fires kept in their homes to perform daily sacrifices, since the word ‘upvas’ has been used to denote both fasts and kindling sacrificial fire.
Arranged marriage has a long history in India, dating back to the Vedic period. For royal families, the bride would be honoured with a ‘Swayambar’ ritual. Suitable matches from all around the kingdom were invited to either compete in a tournament to win the bride’s heart, or the bride herself would select her ideal husband.
The Ghunghat is one of India’s most perplexing practises for those who follow western conventions and traditions. Ghunghat, on the other hand, refers to a Hindu woman’s face veil. It is linked to the Hindu tradition of arranged marriage, in which the bride is expected to keep her face hidden from the groom at all times before to the wedding, to the point where she is unable to see him. While the practice has become more permissive in recent years, some traditional households still practice it.
Hindu women are required to be timid and submissive, speaking only when spoken to. Traditionally, Indian women kept their voices low, spoke with their heads down, and never looked a man in the eyes. Even while guys smoke everywhere and sometimes snuff their cigarettes out on the floors of people’s homes, men look down on women smokers.
As we know that India is a diversified country, apart from these, there are uncountable believes, customs, traditions, cultures etc. practiced by women in India from times immemorial.