Essay on Culture : An Indian American

1654 Words Dec 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
Culture is the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time (merriam-webster.com). Culture is something that makes us all unique. It separates us from others, and gives us our own identities. Ever since i was a kid, i identified myself as an Indian. This however is not as accurate as i once thought. I now identify myself as an Indian American. This is the main culture that i am a part of. This defines my identity, and has influenced my way of life. Different indian festivals is a part of my culture that has influenced me quite a bit. Often trips to India is another thing that has shaped who i am today. The last and most influential part to my life was my Indian dad who immigrated here from india by himself. Without these events in my life, there is no way i would be the same as i am today. The word Indian and festival go hand in hand. There are many festivals in indian culture that are a very large portion in my life. Festivals are a time of giving and happiness. It allows us to take time and celebrate our culture and bring our country here for a day. Certain festivals have even started to be influenced into american society. One example of this is Diwali. This is the festival of lights. This is a time where we light fireworks, and give small gifts while spending time with our loved ones. Unfortunately majority of my family lives in…

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