Education in Haryana - Culture - Languages

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See also: Haryanavi

Haryanavi has traditionally been the dominant mother tongue in Haryana, with Standard Hindi being spoken as a second language. Haryanvi has no official status, as it is seen as a dialect of Hindi/Punjabi. Since 1947, Punjabi has also been spoken by a lot of people in Haryana especially by those Hindus and Sikhs who came over from the older Punjab region at the time of partition. As such, Punjabi is the second official language of Haryana (since Haryana was a part of Greater Punjab state). Haryana is the second-largest Punjabi-speaking state after Punjab.

The most striking feature of Haryana is its language itself or, rather, the manner in which it is spoken. Popularly known as Haryanavi, the language of Haryana's Jat people, with Bangaru, spoken in the Heart of Haryana, being the most widely spoken dialect. With rapid urbanization, and due to Haryana's close proximity to Delhi, the cultural aspects are now taking a more modern hue.

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