Do you TOuch feet of your Elders to Take there Blessings?

@skbadhan (881)
India
May 24, 2007 10:59pm CST
Hi friends TOuching feet of Elders to Take there Blessings is a part of indian culture to seek blesings and its very comman throughout india. As we indian feels that you can grow healtheir, welthier in life if blessings of elders let that be our family member,relative or neighbour who so ever who is elder to us . I feel very nice when old people put their hands over my head for blessing your self confidence rises and one feels secure. How Do you wish your elders in your region/country.What did you to take their blessings. please share about your culture...
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@healwell (1268)
• Ahmedabad, India
25 May 07
Yes, it is natural in Indian tradition. It is one kind of respect we show to our elders! And their blessings help us to grow and go ahead: This is also cultural good will and it really helps!
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
25 May 07
I am an India also & it is part of our culture to touch feet.It is way to show our respect to them & say that we require your blessings.Blessings of elderly people have very imprtant role in our culture .You are really lucky if you have good blessings of the elderly people.I do touch feet of my parents but not daily.But on some special occations i do it.It really is a nice feeling.
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@Manoj_s (939)
• India
25 May 07
One of the best practices in indian culture is taking blessings from elders.it will give the person lot of confidence .and it will reflect in his work or thing which he is going to have .Also it will help him to lessen the superiority complex or ego complex it will help to have a strong relationship with other people.It is also considered as a mark of respect to the elder people to their age ,maturity ,divinity .but unfortunately todays youngsters don like that kind of act or they feel shame to do that act.earlier I have heard that we used to touch mothers feet dailly. As far as I am considered I do bow and take blessings from elders but only occassionaly if theres a festivel or we going for some important things In my life.
@Karpov (68)
• Australia
25 May 07
I don't know that much about my culture, but your topic remind me of a ritual that I have participated in when it was the dawn of this year. It's a little bit similar to yours. That's a ritual which imitate the manner and case of Jacob's blessings on his twelves sons, written in the Old Testment of the Bible. The well-wisher is a old man who is the presbyter of the local church. At that day I went to his home with my father and someone namely my aunt etc. Not that much people. The old man asked his son take a small stool and put in between us. We both fell on our knees and his hand put on my head. We both closed our eyes and he began to pray to the God. After the ritual those who accompany me were moved, because the presbyter even mentioned blessing me to be a king in heaven in the future. They have witnessed several rituals but they just said this one was the superlative degree of all the rituals they have ever seen. We believe this just because the words of elders are containing an ability.
• India
25 May 07
It is not a usual practice inour place. But we used to do this during some religious customs
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@JaySapani (257)
• India
25 May 07
Hi Even I Touch Regularly The Feet Of My Parents And Grand Parents In The Moring Before Leaving The House For Work. It Makes My Grand Parents Happy And Also They Give Me Blessings.Because Of This Also Give My Parents Good Wishes For Teaching Us Good Things And Mainting The Culture Of The House.WhenEver There Are Guests At Home We Also Touch There Feets For Blessing and Good Wishes.
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• United States
25 May 07
I have not heard of this custom, but I have touched the feet of both my parents primarily for the purpose of cutting toe nail or checking for splinters or putting lotion on dry skin.
@skbadhan (881)
• India
26 May 07
hi its so funny. I will appreciate your effort at least you have touced the feets of your parents what so ever be the reason.happy myloting
@bindishah (2062)
• India
25 May 07
Im an Indian too and so have a similar practice. But I dont touch my elders feet everyday or something. I just do it on occasions like my birthday, diwali or any religious function. Itd efinitely feels good being at the receiving end of their blessings.
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• India
25 May 07
Yes,I'm an Indian girl and from my childhood I have been thought to doso.It is not only to take their blessings but in an Indian society it also shows respect for your elders and I think there is no harm in doing so.Though I'm a modern girl still I feel it a s a nice and beautiful gesture You can put forward to your elders.
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• India
26 May 07
my parents taught me to touch the feet of devotees ( of Sri Krishna )
@subathra (3519)
• India
26 May 07
I touch only the feet of elders whom i consider that they bless me wholeheartedly.Mere for the sake of being elders i will not touch their feet. Someone who really care us and only their blessings will make us good.I think this tradition is one which has not flourished in India even now.We can see newly married couples get blessed from elders.
• Philippines
25 May 07
For me i think blessing came only from what you have done or what you accomplished. You create your own blessing. Blessing is not an instant thing that whenever you requested, it will appear, for me it some kind of a prize on what you have accomplished. In our culture there are so many kinds of blessing, some of these are material and spiritual blessings.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
25 May 07
Thanks for sharing your custom. I had not ever heard of it before. The french canadian custom is to kiss relatives, especially elders, on both cheeks whenever you see them. For us it's a sign of respect. Here in the USA I have not noted any customs that were not ethnic originated.
• United States
25 May 07
not really.. its all about culture and the way you are brought up.. its common in India but in America its really not seen as much
• India
25 May 07
as we are parsis we dont have the custom to touch the feet of ekders dut if i meet a hindu elderly person then i do so
• United States
25 May 07
True, one should touch their elders feet to get their respect. It always helps. I always do that and would suggest others to do it too !