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Languages in Singapore

The four official languages.English , Malay , Chinese ( Mandarin) and Tamil.

Other languages , Chinese languages Indian languages

Customs $ Etiquettes in India

India is a country with "Unity in Diversity". This diverseness in culture makes India a unique. Birth ceremony Soon after the birth of a child, a ceremony for naming the child takes place Traditional Welcome Indians believe in the phrase "Atithi Devo Bhava", meaning a guest is the reflection of God . Wedding Ceremony Weddings are conducted in India with great fanfare, following various customs and rituals. Namaskar/Namaste The most popular form of greeting, especially the elders Lighting Lamp/Diva In almost every Indian household, a lamp/diva is lighted before the altar of God in the morning . Prostrating Before Parents and Elders Indians prostrate before their parents, elders and teachers by touching their feet Death Ceremony, Aarti , Tilak ,Garlanding, Joint family system

BUSINESS Etiquette

Appearance First impressions are important. Men are usually expected to wear a suit and tie for business. Women are expected to dress conservatively, with practical dresses and pantsuits. Manners Belief in certain religious ideas often dictates how Indians conduct themselves both personally and professionally. it is considered insulting to call someone over by gesturing with the palm up and a finger wagging. Standing upright with hands on the hips is also considered to be an angry or aggressive posture and Whistling. Communication: English is used as their primary means of communication when doing business. word "no" for example, can be a very harsh word for the local people. titles are important in India so

Customs $ Etiquettes in Singapore

To always present the business card with both hands and not have the card in black, which is an inauspicious color for the Chinese people. The custom in Singapore not to adapt to handshakes as greetings, but other forms such as bowing, salaaming, saluting etc. Another custom is that the people here enter barefoot inside their homes and shoes are removed outside as a sign of respect. Many other customs that vary from religion to religion. The title or family name should be used ,While making introductions and during formal meetings. The Chinese people use their family names first which is followed by the personal names. The Malays do not use the family names while Indians use the personal names first followed by the family name. Like the Western society, the Singaporeans do not generally use physical contact while greeting someone SUCH AS hugging etc.

Some other etiquette : - Singaporeans consider head to be the home of the soul and thus head should not be touched. - One shall never touch anything with their feet and while sitting crosslegged the sole of the foot shouldn't be pointed at. - One should be aware of the local laws and fines that are there in Singapore for spitting, littering etc.

Entertainment in India

The biggest industries grossing revenues beyond human capabilities to count. Sources of entertainment in any country depend upon the tradition, culture and the resources available .

Modes of Entertainment in India: MUSIC CINEMA PUBS ,BARS AND CLUB OUTDOOR PARTIES CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

Entertainment in Singapore

Entertainment is not all about party but on the other hand the colorful festivals and performances and events throughout the year. The arts scene is diverse and one can find the influence of Malay culture, the heritage of Chinese and Indian migrants. There are several concert halls and theaters that are spread across the city. Victoria Concert and Memorial Hall organizes colorful cultural programs. National Art Council organizes concerts performed by local artists at parks and gardens. Nightclubs, bars and pubs are other places of entertainment in Singapore. cinemas that are spread throughout the city- state , offer Hollywood blockbusters.

Festivals in India

January: Makar Sankranti/ Pongal ,Republic Day February- March: Vasant Panchami ,Maha Shivaratri , Jamshed-i ,Mahavir Jayanti ,Ram Navami. Holi This is one of the most exuberant and colorful of all festivals. April: Easter and Good Friday ,Baisakhi ,Id-ul-Fitr or Ramazan Id May - June: Buddha Purnimaa July: Festival of Chariot Lord Jagannath's ,Naga Panchami. August: Raksha Bandhan ,Independence Day . September: Janamashtami ,Id-ul-Zuha or Bakrid ,Onam Onam ,Ganesh Chaturthi ,Ladakh Festival September - October: Navaratri/Dussehra/Durga Pooja.,Diwali or Deepawali ,Gandhi Jayanthi: Gurpurab: November: Govardhan Pooja ,Guru Nanak Jayanthi December: Christmas

Festival in Singapore

January- February The Chinese community celebrates the lunar New Year. March The devotees celebrate Good Friday and Easter with great fervor. April During the Quing Ming festival Chinese visit the tombs of their ancestors. This would be a time to clean and repair them. During the Singapore Food Festival hawkers and the restaurants come up with their best. May - June The great Singapore sale is a time when the merchants bring down the prices as they encouraged by the government. The Dragon Boat Races Festival in the honor of late Chu Yuan and this festival in Singapore in celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. July- August Singapore National Day on 9th August military and the civilian processions take place and in the evening fireworks is the chief attraction. September- October Festival of the Hungary Ghosts the souls of the dead are released for one day to feast and also a time for the living to celebrate. Deepavali, the festival of lights makes the Little India full of colors and no better time to visit Little India. Navaratri is a Hindu festival and is celebrated for nine days. November - December Orchard Road is loaded with lots of gifts for the visitors as the city gets busy celebrate Christmas.

Transport in IndiaAIRWAYS: Indian Airlines is the national carrier and its network covers a large number of places in the country . Many private airlines have also come up . RAILWAYS :categorized region wise into Northern Railways, Eastern Railways, Southern Railways, Western Railways the cheapest mode of travel, as well as some of the most expensive ROADWAYS:Many small, out-of-the-way places are accessible only by road. WATERWAYS :Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are accessible by ferry by air from the mainland,

Transport in Singapore

Traveling in Singapore is both easy and economical. public transportation network, which offers taxis, buses, and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system. modern Changi International Airport is vast, efficient, and organized. banking and money-changing facilities, a post office, credit card phones, free phones for local calls, Internet facilities, free hotel reservation counters, luggage facilities, restaurants, day rooms, fitness centers. over 15,000 air-conditioned taxis, which provide comfortable, hassle-free traveling at reasonable costs. Clean, punctual, and air-conditioned, Singapore's MRT subway system is a hallmark of efficiency bus network is extremely frequent and comprehensive. Visitors rarely have to wait more than a few minutes

Conclusion

Classes and Castes. There are wide income and wealth differences, but the countryis more differentiated by ethnicity than by class. Singaporeans refer to their desire for the "C's": car, condominium, credit card, club membership, and career. These are important symbols of wealth and status regardless of ethnicity . most striking features of the landscape are the high-rise buildings. Singapore is one of the first countries in Asia to have the best of all international brands, accessories and cosmetics. Education is king - High emphasis on education (some complain that the children are worked too hard) and University education is common - business is the preferred curriculum; many study overseas. Hectic lifestyle - The streets are busy late into the evening with people going to work early, talking on cell phones on the move, and eating out. Reminiscent of New York City. Orderly - People may push you aside to get ahead, but they respect queues and laws - a very safe place to visit. Plan, plan, plan - The government plans far in advance of their needs. For example they

DIFFERENCES IN LIFESTYLEOF INDIA AND SINGAPORE BY: KANIKA SINGLA

Religion in IndiaIndia is the birth place of four of the worlds major religious traditions namely, HINDUISM , JAINISM , BUDDHISM and SIKHISM Throughout its history , religion has been an important part of countries culture. Religious diversity is established in the country by Law and Custom. A vast majority of Indians associate themselves with a religion.

Food of IndiaIndian food is as diverse as its culture, its religions, geography, climatic conditions and traditions. Food is also an important part of Indian festivals and traditions Range of Cuisine: NORTHRN India The 'Roti' or 'Chappatis' or 'Parathas' (unleavened bread fried on a griddle) accompanied with a wide assortment of "curries", Punjabi food is a lively mixture of varied spices, with a tempting aroma. Western India: The original cuisine of western India is principally vegetarian. Marwari community from Rajasthan dishes like alloo bhajis , karhi , dal batti which are polished off with rice and pooris Eastern India: close to the sea and gets plenty of rain. Hence rice and fish are staple all over here. eastern cuisine (Bengali) is their delicate sweets , based on milk, curd and chena. Southern India:Rice is served, with idli ,dosa. HERBS AND SPICES:chilli, garlic, Ginger,basil

Food of Singapore

The Cuisine in Singapore is itself one of the major attractions that make Singapore a favorite tourist hub .

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