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Culture of New Delhi

Delhi had been subjected to many invasions during its interesting history, which have resulted in the assimilation of various cultural traits in its social fabric. Moreover, Delhi is the capital city of India, and it attracts people from different parts of India who come here for education and career purposes. They also leave their cultural imprints on this colourful patchwork quilt named Delhi, which have helped to evolve the cultural climate of Delhi. Succinctly, the cosmopolitan culture of New Delhi is greatly influenced by its extended history as well as from its historic importance as the capital city of our country.Thus, the culture of New Delhi is the assimilation of cultural traits of different states of India.

Culture in Delhi

You will find it amazing that the culture of New Delhi is greatly affected by the people of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. This is so because these are the states bordering the Union Territory of Delhi. In Delhi, modern lifestyles are merged with the old customs and traditions. The Old Delhi still upholds the traditions of the past, whereas on the other hand, New Delhi has accepted a modern way of living. In fact, in Delhi, old and new coexist in harmony.

Ancient forts and palaces share the geographical space of Delhi along with glitzy shopping malls, sleek offices and up market restaurants. You can still enjoy the very old Gurbhani, Kawwalis and the 'Prabhat Ferries' at the Gurudwaras, Nizamuddin shrine, and temples respectively. Aartis and bhajans can also be seen and heard in the temples. The festivals of Delhi form a significant part of the culture of the city. The traditional festival of 'Phoolwalo-Ki-Sair' is still celebrated in Delhi. Different regional festivals like Durga Puja and Chhath Puja hold their respective cultural spaces with national-level festivities like Diwali, Dusshera and Holi. Delhi also celebrates Id-Ul-Fitr, and Lohri with great zest and fervour.

The heritage of Delhi is represented by many of the significant monuments that exist in the city. The important monuments in Delhi like the Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Gateway of India, etc. add up to the heritage of Delhi.

Last Updated On: 2011/06/30

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