Culture of North India

Culture can be termed as collective achievements by a group of people. It comprises of customs, values, beliefs, life style, heritage and arts (music, painting, dance and handicrafts etc.). The social attitude and beheavier of any social group are determined by its culture.
The diverse culture of North India has paved the way for the invaders like Aryans, Huns, Greeks and Afghans to capture its different parts and rule for years. Therefore the regions representing different culture live in harmony with each other. The cultural diversities of North India are reflected through its distinct Architectural heritage monuments and religious places of worship.

The cultural and heritage of the seven states of North India jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh (Union Territory), Delhi, Haryana and Punjab together represents the culture of north India. The other states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar which are considered as North Indian states for their cultural and linguistic similarities are not formally part of North India.
North indian culture is mainly associated with Indo-Aryan traditions and customs with impact from prolonged historical culture.

Traditional Costume

The women of North India generally wear Salwar-Kameez or Saree, but it is the traditional outfit of the women of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and northern Haryana. In Rajasthan and its adjoining areas like southern Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, women wear Ghagra Choli. In the rural northern region men wear dhoti-kurta or shirt-dhoti, kurta-salwar/payjama. Men also wear headgear such as topi, turban or pagdi which are considered as honor. 
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