Indore: Differences often bring out the best in each other if accepted wholeheartedly instead of opposing them. Celebrating cultural diversities and promoting dialogue and development of the same, United Nations sanctioned international holiday for World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development held on May 21 every year since 2001.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this holiday due to UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001. The day gives an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

Free Press brings stories of people who have accepted their cultural differences and are celebrating life in harmony together.

Merging colours of Kerala and Rajasthan, CK Sabeesh and Akansha Agrawal 

Culture is a part of where we grow up and whatever we learn from it. However, as individuals we grow after exploring and learning more about different cultures and ways of life. We discovered a better way of life by merging our cultures. We prefer each other’s cultures as it gives us freedom to be ourselves.

Overall, it is beautiful to celebrate every culture and festivals. Merging colours of Kerala and Rajasthan, we have created a little heaven for ourselves where we celebrate diverse cultures every day. Our way of life is better because we fit in together in every possible way.

Celebrating cultural differences in love, Dr Usha and DP Shrivastava 

When love takes over, differences become just glitters in the celebrations of life. In our case, we never found hurdles as differences in our personal life. It was difficult for us to get married and start a new life together. Our union began a new way of uniting cultural diversities as well. It was difficult in those days to ignore caste and cultural differences.

However, it was not difficult for us, because love unites everything. We formed a new palace of love and acceptance bringing together the best of Punjabi and Shrivastava culture. Eventually, we have been blessed with acceptance and love from even our parents. That is the power of love.

Change mindset towards inter-caste marriages, Bindia and Vinay Sharma 

From coolness of Punjabi culture to simplicity of Brahmins, we have a blend of both the cultures for our son. Cultures form a way of life, but restricting a person to follow a certain type of culture does not seem justified. We feel it is important a person is allowed to practise any type of culture they like.

However, honour killings are still common. Most people still object to the idea of inter-caste marriages. It is important that we work on changing mindset of people on a regular basis. Every day is a good start for bringing this change and looking at people as just humans. Culture is a way of life, not our entire life.

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