How does your culture define you?

Whenever I talk to some foreigners and greet them by saying Namaste! They identify that somehow; I am connected to Indian culture because my actions, beliefs and saying represents my culture and define me in front of others. Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant society, expressed in the many ways we tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves, and imagine the future. Our creative expression helps define who we are and helps us see the world through the eyes of others. A particular person is very much representative of the culture, that is, the community of people they were born into. People are referred to by these categorical qualities which they have in common. The individuals who comprise a community, that is, a particular person, are defined largely to the same extent, in so far as they were conditioned into accepting these cultural habits, but it’s not 100%. When a person separates from his community his beliefs and culture make him different from the rest of the world. Culture helps build social capital, the glue that holds communities together. By bringing people together, cultural activities such as festivals, fairs, or classes create social solidarity and cohesion, fostering social inclusion, community empowerment, capacity-building, and enhancing confidence, civic pride, and tolerance. One must respect and know about their culture and also try to understand others' cultures and traditions.

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