Importance of Culture

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Importance of Culture:

Culture is the essential character of a vibrant society which is often expressed through our mythological stories, paintings, sculptures music the way we celebrate and remember our past, entertain ourselves, and imagine our future. Culture has many social and economic benefits.

Individual and social benefits of culture:

1. Fundamental benefits:

Participating in culture can benefit individuals in many different ways, some of which are deeply personal. Culture can provide emotionally and intellectually moving experiences. Culture is also a means of expressing creativity, producing an individual identity, and enhancing or preserving a community’s sense of place.

2. Improved learning and valuable skills for the future:

In children and youth, participation in culture helps to develop thinking skills, build self-esteem, and improve resilience, all of which enhance educational outcomes.

3. Better health and well-being:

Participation in culture contributes to a healthy population in several ways. Creativity and cultural engagement have been shown to improve both mental and physical health. 

4. Social solidarity and cohesion:

The benefits of culture for individuals can spill over to society as a whole. Cultural activities such as festivals, fairs bring people together and build social solidarity and cohesion. It further fosters social inclusion, community empowerment, civic pride, and tolerance.  It develops a feeling of pride, identification with the past, and a sense of belonging to a wider community.

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