India has about 15 major languages and 844 different dialects.
Hindi, spoken by about 45 per cent of the population, is the official language. The other official language is English.
India's history goes back to 3,200 BC when Hinduism was first founded. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Zoroashtrianism, Christianity and Islam all exist within the country today.
Hinduism for Kids
Daily life in Ancient India
A brief history of India
India is a land of festivals and fairs. The most widely known and popular celebrations include the Hindu festivals of Diwali, Holi, and Dussehra.
Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Onam in Kerala are harvest festivals celebrated by people belonging to all religions.