The Taj Mahal Mohammed Faysal 3-205 Table of Contents Foods of India The Bengal Tiger The Clothes of India The Holidays of India Foods of India • Food in the north India, to begin with, Kashmiri cuisines reflect strong Central Asian influences. • In Kashmir, mostly all the dishes are prepared around the main course of rice found abundantly in the beautiful valley. • Another delicious item cooked here is the 'Saag' that is prepared with a green leafy vegetable known as the 'Hak'. • But on the other hand states like the Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh show high consumption of chapatis as staple food. • Again, these chapatis are prepared with a variety of flours such as wheat, rice, maida, besan etc. Besides chapatis other closely related breads baked in these regions include Tandoori, Rumaali and Naan etc. The Bengal Tiger • Bengal Tiger life span in the wild:8 to 10 years • Size:Head and body, 5 to 6 ft (1.5 to 1.8 m); tail, 2 to 3 ft (0.6 to 0.9 m) • Weight:240 to 500 lbs (109 to 227 kg) • Protection status:EndangeredDid you know?A tiger's roar can be heard as far as 2 mi (3 km) away.Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man: • Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength.There were eight tiger subspecies at one time, but three became extinct during the 20th century. • Over the last 100 years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced tiger populations from hundreds of thousands of animals to perhaps fewer than 2,500. Tigers are hunted as trophies, and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All five remaining tiger subspecies are endangered, and many protection programs are in place. • Bengal tigers live in India and are sometimes called Indian tigers. They are the most common tiger and number about half of all wild tigers. Over many centuries they have become an important part of Indian tradition and lore. The Clothes of India Traditional Indian clothing for women are the saris or the salwar kameez and also Ghaghra Cholis (Lehengas) For men, traditional clothes are the Dhoti, Lungi or Kurta. Bombay, also known as Mumbai, is one of India's fashion capitals In some village parts of India, traditional clothing mostly will be worn In southern India the men wear long, white sheets of cloth called dhoti in English and veshti in Tamil Over the dhoti, men wear shirts, t-shirts, or anything else. Women wear a sari, a long sheet of colourful cloth with patterns This is draped over a simple or fancy blouse. This is worn by young ladies and woman. Little girls wear a pavada The Holidays of India • India, being a culturally and religiously diverse society, celebrates various holidays and festivals • There are three national holidays in India: states and regions have local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics • Popular religious festivals include the Hindu festivals of Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Dussehra and the Islamic festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Mawlid an-Nabī which are celebrated throughout the country • Muharram, mourning for the Prophet Muhammad's grandson is observed by some sects of Islam.