Indian Culture

Greetings

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  • The traditional greeting for those who identify as Hindu is to press the palms of one’s hands together in front of the chest and say "Namaste", which means "I greet the god within you". This is accompanied with a nod of the head or a bow depending on the status of the person you are greeting.
  • Those who identify as Muslim greet by shaking the hand of their counterpart accompanied by the phrase, “Salaam”.
  • The handshake is also a common greeting and most Indians are familiar with it.
  • It is generally appropriate for men and women to shake hands; however, it is a good idea to wait for a woman to extend her hand first. Some Muslim or Hindu men and women may not wish to touch a person of the opposite gender.
  • Avoid greeting someone with a hug or a kiss unless you know the person well.
  • Indians expect people to greet the eldest or most senior person first. When greeting elders, some Indians may reach down and touch the ground or their feet as a sign of respect.
  • Address someone with his or her title and last name until told that you may use their first name.
India
  • Population
    1,282,390,303
    17.51% of World Population
  • Languages
    Hindi 41.03%
    Bengali 8.11%
    Telugu (7.19%
    Marathi (6.99%)
    Tamil (5.91%)
    Urdu (5.01%)
    Gurjarati (4.48%)
    Kannada (3.69%)
    Malayalam (3.21%)
    Odia (3.21%)
    Punjabi (2.83%)
    Other (8%)
  • Religions
    Hinduism (79.8%)
    Islam (14.2%)
    Christianity (2.3%)
    Sikhism (1.7%)
    Buddhism (0.7%)
    Jainism (0.37%)
    Other (0.66%)
  • Ethnicities
    Ancestral North Indians [Indo-Aryan] (72%)
    Ancestral South Indians [Dravidian] (25%)
    Other (3%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (58.21)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 77
    Individualism 48
    Masculinity 56
    Uncertainty Avoidance 40
    Long Term Orientation 51
    Indulgence 26
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  • Australians with Indian Ancestry
    390,894
Indians in Australia
  • Population
    455,389
    [2016 census]
  • Average Age
    31
  • Gender
    Male (55.6%)
    Female (44.4%)
  • Religion
    Hinduism (47.3%)
    Sikhism (18.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (16.3%)
    Islam (3.4%)
    Other (14.2%)
  • Ancestry
    Indian (75.1%)
    English (7.35%)
    Punjabi (2.6%)
    Anglo-Indian (2.3%)
    Other (12.7%)
  • Languages
    English (21.3%)
    Hindi (20%)
    Punjabi (19.3%)
    Gujarati (8.8%)
    Other (30.6%)
  • English Proficiency
    93.3% Well
    5.3% Not well
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (37.8%)
    New South Wales (32.3%)
    Queensland (10.2%)
    Western Australia (10.1%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (27.2%)
    2001-2006 (24.2%)
    2007-2011 (45.2%)
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