According to the United Culture body it is stated that, the world consists of, 7 continents, 235 countries, 72 Regions territories and 1000 plus cultures, sub cultures and tribes. There are countless cultures and subcultures in the world: each rich in its own way, with its language and religion, literature, art and music, poetry and philosophy.
Culture is a way of life, it comprises a person’s beliefs, norms, and values of life. culture forms an individual and determines how every person behaves and relates within or outside their respective community. every community has an identity that differentiates it from the others.
Globally there are different cultures, religions languages, dressings foods, and greetings beliefs that make each one unique culturally. cultures are passed on from generation to generation, and this makes it ever-revolving. Culture can be material and nonmaterial.
Culture performs various functions within group, society, and organisation
- First, it has a boundary-defining role; it creates distinctions between one organization, group, society and another.
- Second, it conveys a sense of identity for each members. of a group.
- Third, culture facilitates the generation of commitment to something larger than one’s individual self-interest.
- Fourth, it enhances the stability of the social system. Culture is the social glue that helps hold the organization together by providing appropriate standards for what each person should say and do.
- Finally, culture serves as a sense-making and control mechanism that guides and shapes individual attitudes and behaviour.
- The role of culture in influencing personal behaviour appears to be increasingly important in the present society.
The United Nations General Assembly first declared 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”
The importance of culture and the beauty of each culture is explained in this video below
Video from YouTube For Alisha Kaushik, explaining the importance of culture..
The beauty in cultural diversity that makes the world beautiful
Cultural diversity has enabled the word to find its balance in terms of beliefs and customs. As people of different cultural beliefs have been coming together, they have also been more accepting of the traditions of each other.
Cultural diversity is essential for a well-rounded society. It helps in attaining a foreigner’s perspective about one’s cultural practices.
Diversity also opens up the gates for the good factors of different cultures to mix up and form a better set of values.
Uniqueness of each culture that makes the world colourful
1 Culture is a way life
This defines the identity of each person it forms an individual and determines how every person behaves and relates within or outside their respective community. Every community has an identity that differentiates it from the others. The different cultures around the globe include: Asian, Americans, Togolese,African culture and lot more.
2 Uniqueness in dressing
Cultural dressing gives identity to each culture, it makes every one identify with each other within or outside their community. In India the traditional dressing is sari, India traditional attire is called Cheongsam sometimes referred to as Mandarin, and Huipil is the traditional attire worn by women in Mexico. All cultures round the world have different cultural dressing that differentiate it from the other.
3 Different Languages spoken
Culture determines the language person speaks, each culture are differentiated by language and the language create uniformity to come together. languages makes communication easier in each culture. Cultural languages are peculiar to each. different languages around the world are: Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, French, Yoruba, Hausa and lots more.
4 Various forms of food
The food common to one culture is different from the other and, each one has a unique taste . the preparation is different and the taste also give joy or bond to its member community. Varieties of food is associated to each culture as well, and the moment a particular food is mentioned it is easily attached to its root. Food like Adobo is common with the Philippine, Chofan is known with the Chinese, Akoume -Lapate is popular amongst the Togolese. All these dishes have their own unique taste and value as well.
5 Mode of greetings
The greetings in each culture create familiarity amongst its members, creating a bond and communication. Greeting is away to welcome or acknowledge brotherliness in each culture. once a person is greeted in a community and can respond ,the bond is formed immediately. in some cultures like Yoruba male prostrates to greet elders, while female go on their kneels to greet. while in in India the younger one touches the feet of the older ones to greet
Each culture has its symbols , known as non verbal communication cues. each culture has diverse symbols called gestures, it is different from one community to the other. what is n accepted symbol in one culture might not be accepted in the other. For example gestures like shaking of feet and tapping of finger means one thing in a culture and to another culture it could translate to an insult.
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Norms are formal and non formal rules that govern a society, that determines what kind of behaviour that is acceptable in a society. norms are specific to a culture, period and situation. for example in Irish culture, they will always say thank you to the bus driver while getting off the bus, and will shake hands while greeting. while in African culture it is the right thing for a younger person to stand up for an elderly to sit if there is no available sit, to show respect.
Each culture has its specific festivals and rituals they perform for every season, this is the way norms and traditions are transmitted from generation to generation. Many societies, rituals help signify one’s gender identity. For example, girls around the world undergo various types of initiation ceremonies to mark their transition to adulthood. Among the Bemba of Zambia, girls undergo a month-long initiation ceremony called the “chisungu”, in which girls learn songs, dances, and secret terms that only women know.
Values makes culture unique and gives judgement of what is good or bad, desirable and non desirable. Values forms norms. the desirable things in one culture is considered bad in another. for example in Japanese believe in resolving conflicts amicably rather than going to courts , also they believe in communal living and and encouraging each other. while In America that could mean interfering in another person’s life.
The video below explains more on how to respect each other culture and exploring culture in each continent.
Video from YouTube for speechless, on culture in each continent
10 Culture is transitional
Culture is passed on from generation to generation, once a new child is born, he or she will learn the culture and grows with. this will form the child and will be passed to the unborn generation unconsciously. A child learn how things are done traditionally from his or her parents and live with it for the rest of his or her life, and transfer it the next generation as well. for examples some tales on moonlight stories had been handed over from the older generations to the new generations. And cultural values will never be eroded because it is pass on from one generation to another. Culture can be material and nonmaterial
Below is an interview session with Mrs Adeyinka Adeleye, discussing the uniqueness in culture that makes its colourful worldwide.
Culture is beautiful in languages, names and meaning, songs and dancing, food and different ways of making it, clothing and manners of relating to people. We have alots to learn from each other to make the world colourful.
It’s interesting how diverse culture is even within the same geographical area