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RELIGION, CULTURE, AND VALUES

Religion is something that can be defined as the worship or belief in God. In every country, there are some of the other religions followed by its countrymen. Religion plays a key role in every country because it is the process of worshiping God. Religion is important in everyone’s life because praying and worshiping God gives positivity and peace. In India, there are different types of religions followed by different people based on their religious values. India is a country in which people of different religions live together and take part in the festival of others also which is a good thing for the growth and betterment of society. Every religion has its own cultures and values. The most common religions worshipped in different parts of this world are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. These are the religion which is followed by different people living in different parts of the world. People of different religions follow different cultures. Every religion celebrates different festivals based on the history of that religion. Following any religion is a good thing because it gives peace of mind as well as positivity to the people. Religion plays an important role in everyone’s own life. People from different parts of the world visit different spiritual places based on their religion. Different religions follow different cultures depending on their religion. Culture may be defined as the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the way of talking, and the way of living. All these things show our culture which others find interesting or beautiful.

Culture is something that a person does not follow or know by birth but is made to learn it as he grows up. A person learns or develops a culture by seeing it or from his family members. Culture is something which is seen by way of living, way of wearing clothes, and way of greeting. Culture can be developed by anyone in society. People of different religions share their culture with their friends, neighbors, and other members of society. Culture is something, which is transferred from one generation to other i.e. from parents to kids, and the process keeps going on. Value is something that plays an important role in one’s own life. Values help in building the physical characteristics of a particular person. Values help to show the nature, character, and background of a particular person. In today’s world where people have lost their cultures and values are facing a lot of problems in their life. Culture and value is something, which a person develops and follows it throughout his life. A person without any value and not following any culture is neglected by society. Culture and values help the society or its people to respect others and helps to learn good ways of talking. Religion, Culture, and Values are important in everyone’s life and for the growth of a person. Any person not having any of these lacks and misses out many things that are important for living life peacefully.

TYPES OF RELIGION:

HINDUISM:  It is the most common and oldest religion followed in our country. There are various traditions followed in Hinduism. There are different types of festivals celebrated in Hinduism and every festival has its own story about its celebration. There are many Gods worshipped in Hinduism. Hinduism is also divided into many religions such as Pundits, Rajput’s, Kayasth, Sindhi, and many more. People of all these religions celebrate their festivals and follow their rituals which makes the country a peace living one. In older times, when there were not many facilities and there was no fashion then at that time, the male members of the Hindu society used to wear dhoti kurta whereas the female members of Hindu society used to wear saree which used to look beautiful. But nowadays, there are different fashion dresses and pieces of equipment available in the market. The way of wearing used to show the culture of Hindu society and leaving its impact on the people. Hinduism is the eldest and beautiful religion because it has a story related to all of its festivals. There are various festivals celebrated in Hindus. Like: Holi, Diwali, Janamashtmi, Makar Sankranti, and many more.

There is a story behind the celebration of Diwali. A very long time back, when Lord Shree Ram returned to his homeland Ayodhya, then the people of Ayodhya decorated the city with candles and Diya that made the city full of light and look beautiful. This is why the festival of Diwali is celebrated. On the day of Diwali, people clean their house and decorate them with Diya and colorful lights which make the country look beautiful. People wear new clothes and worship God for everything they have got. They exchange sweets with their friends, family, relatives, and neighbors. Diwali is a festival of joy and light. Many people burn crackers on that day and use Diya and candles to decorate their houses. The same thing happens with Holi also. It is said that Holi is the festival of colors. On the day of Holi, from morning people start playing with colors and wishing each other. At any place, people play with wet colors in the morning and use Gulaal in the evening. In the evening, people go to the house of their closed ones, they exchange sweets and enjoy the day. There are some famous sweets made for Holi like Guziya, khurma, etc. Celebrating various festivals not only shows the religion but also the culture that is being followed by the people and is getting transferred from parents to their children. Therefore, religion, culture, and values are related and go hand in hand. In Hinduism, people worshiping different Gods have different traditions and methods of celebrating their festival. There are many different methods of celebrating a festival. The only common thing is the faith in God which everyone has.

ISLAM:  Islam is also a very old religion followed in different parts of the world. In Islam, people follow a different way of wearing. The male members of Islamic society wear kurta pajama whereas the female members of the Islamic society wear burkha

From ancient times. There are many festivals followed in Islam. People go to Mosque for praying to Allah. The festivals celebrated in Islam are Eid, Bakra Id, Moharram, and many more. Eid is celebrated after one month of fast during which the Islamic people cannot eat or drink the whole day. There is a certain time on which they can eat and drink. And after passing the whole month fasting then the day comes when people celebrate Eid. On the day of Eid, people wear new clothes, meet their relatives and friends, and exchange sweets. On Eid, a special sweet called sewayi is prepared as a celebration sweet. Thus, in every religion there are different festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm and positivity.

SIKKHISHM: Sikhs are the people who put their everything for getting our country free from Britishers. Whenever any point is shared or taken for a conversation, then Sikh people are named with respect because they played a very important role in getting our country free from British rule. Sikhism is also one of the oldest religions in our country. There are many festivals celebrated in this religion. Sikh people are very helpful and good by heart. Whenever there comes a bad situation for the country whether it is a terrorist attack or floods or any natural calamity, they are the first ones to come to help others. This is a very reputed community. They also celebrate various festivals but the main and most known festival is Baisakhi. Thus, there are various religions in India celebrating various festivals.

India is a country known for its culture and values that are famous all over the world. In India, various people of different religions live together with harmony and peace. Culture is something that shows the behavior and living pattern of a particular community. Culture can be seen by the way of living, way of talking, way of eating, and the way of communicating with each other. Every religion has its own culture and values which a person learns from his parents and his family members. Culture and value are like a lifetime property of a person. Wherever that person may go, he will not forget the cultures and values he learned. A person with a good culture and values lives a better life as compared to an uncultured person. No one wants to talk or to keep any connection with people who are uncultured or valueless. There are many people who look and judge a person on the basis of his religion which is not a good thing. Because certain people who have an old mentality and look at today’s modern world with the same mentality judge people on the basis of their caste and creed color or sex. Being religious is very important for a person because a person not following any religion, culture, and value is of no use to society as he will not look at the world with a positive image. Therefore, one should have faith and believe in God and his powers. Whenever a person faces any difficulty in his life, he worships and prays to God so that his mind can be calm and remain cool. Some people in this world do not believe in God and doubt about his existence. They are the same people who don’t follow any religion, culture, and values. They think that no one is over them.

CHARACTERISTICS OF CULTURE:

Culture is something that a person does not know by birth. He is made to learn it with a span of time. It is not a very difficult thing to learn, a person can learn it just by seeing. But some people who don’t want to follow any culture or values, he will not learn them even after proper training or something like that. For eg: as a kid when we used to see our parents following or doing any particular thing then we used to learn it by just seeing it which is the perfect example. Culture is something that can be learned from any place. It can either be home or society. Culture is not only about religion, it also refers to the way of speaking, wearing clothes, or any behavior of a person.

Culture is a product of a society which means culture can also be learned from outside people. It is not necessary that a person will learn or develop culture only from his parents or family members but also from the outside world. Therefore, it is said that culture is something that is social. Moreover, it simply means that culture and value can be learned from anyone or through any medium. It is right that most of the things a child learns from home but the outside world also teaches many things which a person learns by himself.

Culture is something that is shared from one person to another either knowingly or unknowingly. It is not necessary that until and unless a person is made to learn something he will learn it. There are certain things which a person learns by himself and which is even important to live in a fast-growing world in which we are living in. Therefore, a person without any culture or values does not have anyone to talk to him or share his feeling. It is good and beneficial for a person’s own self.

There are certain cultures which are different from other community or society. For example, in Hindus, a person greets another person by saying namaskar whereas in Muslims a person greets another person by saying salam. This is the difference between the 2 communities. The same happens in religion also. A Hindu person goes to the temple for praying whereas a Muslim person goes to the mosque for praying. Thus, culture and values are something that varies from one society to another.

Value plays an important role in a person’s life. A person with values and culture leaves a positive impact on everyone with whom he meets. Whereas a person without any value or culture will neither have a way of talking nor a way to live in a society. Therefore, a person with good values and culture is appreciated by everyone and is given importance in society. Value is something that helps a person to develop his personality and build his own image in front of the society. A person having good values will help others also to look at things with a positive view. On the other hand, a person who doesn’t have values will talk to others in a bad way and will look towards everything negatively.

Therefore, it is important for everyone to learn some values in life which will be beneficial for them only in their future.  A person with good values at life will be praised by the others in society whereas a person with no values will be neglected and ignored by everyone. Therefore, it is the equal responsibility of parents and the child to make their child learn some values for life which is important to live in society.

TYPES OF VALUES

Character values: These are values that are essential for every human to live as a good human being. Character values are those which should be present in every person so that he will be called or counted as a good human being. Having values in life is important for every human being because without any values there will be no difference in humans and animals. Character values also help in showing the character of a particular person. A person with a good character will be recognized by society automatically by his way of talking and living whereas a person with no values will easily be recognized by the people. Therefore character value plays an important role in every person’s life.

Work values: Work values can be defined as the values which a person should have in order to work under somebody. In order to get a job, a person first looks at what he wants from that job so that he can know whether he will be perfect for the job or not. Values are the same in every, it has been distinguished in different types so that it becomes easy for the people to learn about it and know the importance of values in a person’s life.

Personal values: Personal values are those which a person uses to describe it to another one. Personal values show what a person wants from life and what are his goals towards life. Personal values are important because they help you to choose the right path in life. Personal values are important for one’s self because it shows out his view towards society. Some examples of personal values can be friends, family, physical appearance, and the view towards society.

Values are something that plays a key role in a person’s life. Values help in living life with a good point and positivity which is a positive step towards the health of the person. A person without values or culture leads to a negative life and such people are a burden on society also because when a valueless person will meet another they will spoil the whole society which is not a good thing. Therefore, having values in life is very important. Values only teach us to live life with positivity and showing respect to our elders. A person without any value will not respect the people of the society also. Thus, having values in life is beneficial for a person as well as the whole society.

TYPES OF CULTURE

Material Culture: Material culture may be defined to the culture which is man-made. This type of culture refers to all sorts of man-made things such as clothes, electronics, machines, and many more. This type of culture work as a trend because when a person uses any of such things, the other people also get attracted to it which results in increasing the sale of that product. And when many people start using such things, it becomes culture. Thus, it is the type of culture in which all the man-made things are used as a culture.

Non- Material Culture: These types of culture refers to all those things which act as a change in the behavior of any person which can be seen in terms of way of speaking, way of wearing clothes, and many other such things. Culture is something that plays an important role in guiding a person in his life. This type of culture is seen mostly in such places where modernization has not reached until now. Because modernization acts like making people forget their cultures and values.

Nowadays, as people are becoming modern they are forgetting their traditional culture and values which they used to follow before this modernization. Modernization acts like killing all the rituals, values, and culture, which the people used to follow before. Everyone wants to wear modern clothes, eat modern food but only a few people remember their tradition, culture, and values. People who are not following these traditions and culture by becoming modern will have a tough life in the future because when a person used to get in trouble then these are the only things which are used to help him get out of such situations. Now they will have a tough time in their future. Therefore, a person should always follow the traditions, values, and culture in life so that he will have a good life and will spread positivity wherever he will go.

Religion and culture is something which goes hand in hand because many things a person learns is from the religion he follows. Nowadays, there are a lot of people who don’t believe in God and say rubbish things because they think there is no one more powerful than them. But they don’t know that God can see everything. It’s not like any particular religion is good or bad, every religion is good and is for the betterment of the people only but few people think their religion is superior and others are not up to their level which is completely wrong and gives bad impact to the society. Humans only have made the religion system. God never told to divide the people on the basis of their religion because God is one and he wants his people or children to also be one and to live together. Some people in every religion who just want to interrupt the peace and happiness among the people by saving rubbish things to other religions is not a good thing neither for the country not for the people. These types of things only lead to fights among different religious groups. Therefore, one should live life happily following the values and culture he knows and should help others to learn good values towards life so that the other person can also look towards everything positively.  There are certain powerful people or groups that provide funds to people to speak against another religion, which will automatically lead to the fight between two groups of people. If a person will have values and will be sensible enough to take the right decision over anything in his life than such things can be stopped. Therefore, it is very important for a person to learn good values of life and follow a particular culture so that no other person will be able to misguide him. A person with good moral values and cultures will be positive-minded and will never support such type of things.

Religion is something that teaches a person to worship God and guides a person in hard times. A person who worships God on a regular basis will always have a positive mind and will look at things positively. It is not that such type of person will not face problems in life but the thing is God will always be with them who do good to others and have a positive mind. Therefore, a person should always have a positive mindset and worship God. Because having a positive mind will help others to be polite and humble to others in hard times also.

Religion, Culture, and Values are something which is important in every person’s life and helps people throughout their life. A person having good moral values will always give respect to everyone he will meet and also will help others in learning these values which will be a step towards the betterment of society. A person without any moral value or support will act like a fool in hard times having no idea about how to solve such a situation. A person having no moral values will look towards society in a negative manner and will make others like him only because negative things attract people easily. Therefore, a person should always learn values and culture in life because it will be with him even when his close ones will not be there. There is not any particular age to learn values in life. A person can learn value throughout his life because the value is something that is good in getting it more because it helps in bad times and gives an idea and solution of getting out from it or solving such problems and situations. The same way culture is very important for everyone. Culture is something that shows the background of the person and also the physical attitude. A person following a certain culture can easily be seen and observed which can be done either by the way of dressing, way of talking, or way of eating. A person without any culture does not have any particular thing to do in his life. A person with no culture remains depressed or unhappy from his life because he has nothing to do and is not entertained by people. A person who does not has any culture is neglected by the society and is not liked by anybody.  Culture is something that a person learns from the outside world also because it gets transferred from person to person easily. Therefore a person needs to develop certain cultures and values in life so that he will be able to look towards the world positively and the main thing that he will be able to get out of the problems with the help of the values and cultures he follows.

In this fast-developing world, everyone wants to earn money and spend it on shopping or for a different purpose but no one wants to earn values and culture for life. Earning a less income will be acceptable but a person without any moral values and culture will be a harm to the society because such people have a negative view towards the world and make others also to have the same point of view which will be a bad thing towards the betterment of society.

There is not any particular age to learn new values or cultures in life because these things will be there with the person for a lifetime. Therefore, a person should always be attentive to learn such new values and culture. Religion is something which a person gets connected from the day they come to this world and are connected for their lifetime. But some people trying to become modern do not believe in God and think that they are the most powerful which is not a good thing. There are certain people who have a strong belief in God and want to spend their whole life praying and worshiping God which is good because it gives peace to the mind and body of a person. Therefore, no one should doubt or question the presence of GOD.

CONCLUSION

The conclusion from this topic comes out that Religion, Culture, and Value is something which plays an important role in the life of a human being. No person can live their life peacefully or happily by missing any of the three things because they’re important things for living life in the best possible manner one can live. Religion is something which is the most important thing in a person’s life. A person without any religion doesn’t have any value in society because people look towards him with a negative point of view like the one who cannot be loyal towards his religion cannot be loyal to anyone else. Religion is something that gives the last name to a person and gives various cultures and values to an individual. Some people have made religion as a weapon to use to bully people of other religion. On the name of religion, there are certain people found in every religion whose main point is to spread communal disputes. They get strong funds from upper-level persons or in easy terms the strong people to say rubbish things about other religions which lead to gang wars and other disputes which are not good for society. The government always tries to maintain peace and love among the people of all religious groups but somehow they escape and give results to gang wars and disputes. There are cases when it has been seen that many politicians take this issue to win elections and harming people’s sentiments. A person should be wise enough to make decisions about his own life and not do any such things which are bad for our society. There are many factors that result in communal disputes among different religious groups. It is not like any such religion is bad, it’s just the people who are bad because they just think of themselves and not about others which are the wrong thing as well as a wrong attitude towards the society. It is good to be religious but by taking religion as a weapon if you hurt others’ sentiments than it is not a good thing. Therefore, a person should always think about the benefit of society before thinking about one’s own self. In order to make this world or country a peaceful place to live in than we have to stop fighting among ourselves. We should always maintain peace and harmony among ourselves so that no such dispute can take place. These things not only cause damage or affect our economy but also take the life of innocent people. No such result comes out other than taking the lives of innocent people. Thus, it is better to keep and maintain peace and harmony among ourselves and should think together about the growth and benefit of society.

The importance of religion is as same as culture and values. A person without any values in life is a useless person. Because a person without any values does not has any respect in society and is of no use neither for his family nor for society. Values are something that helps in the personality development of a person and also in building confidence. A person with good values is respected in society and has its own impact wherever he goes. Values act as support or boundaries for a person because a person with good values spreads positivity where ever he goes. Values act as an asset for any person because it gives the importance of other levels to that person.

Values and culture go hand in hand because both are important for a person. Value plays an important role in developing a person’s personality and mindset which helps him during hard times in life. Whereas culture is something which helps a person to get noticed on the basis of living or eating or wearing. Culture is something that helps the person to acquire and learn new things. It is not necessary that a person can learn culture only from home. It is something that a person learns by its own self. Culture can be acquired by a person just by seeing or living in that atmosphere. Therefore, a person should know the importance of Religion, Culture, and Value in one’s own life. The conclusion from this topic comes out that a person who has religious beliefs and has values and cultures then life becomes easy and easier for him. And also people look at that person with a respect which is a good thing. Whereas on the other hand, a person not following any religion, culture, or values is neither respected in the society nor people want to see him because such type of people only spread negativity in the society and which is not good for a developing nation.

India is a developing country and requires more and more of young and new talents for fast and better development of the country. However, there are some of the people who do not believe in any such thing and works only for putting down our nation. They work for such organizations who work only to destroy the peace and harmony among the country. Such type of people should not be kept in society and put behind the bars. All should live in the country peacefully and should do things required for the betterment of society. Thus, the main thing which should be followed in society is to maintain good relations with society people whether of the same religion or different. One should not fight or do wrong things on the name of religion because it will not only affect that person but also the whole society. And it does not only cause damage to properties whether personal or public but also takes the life of innocent people who have nothing to do related to it. All such things should be stopped so that this can become a better place to live in. Thus, these things should be kept in mind before doing any such things and people of all religions should live together and spread happiness all around the world.

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