Along with other metropolitan cities across India, Lucknow is multicultural and multilingual. Many cultural traits and customs have become strangely living legends in Lucknow today. The contemporary culture of the city is the result of the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim rulers who ruled the city together. The credit for this goes to the secular and contemporary traditions of the Nawabs of Awadh, who took a keen interest in every walk of life and encouraged these traditions to attain a rare degree. Modern-day Lucknowites are known for their polite and polished way of speaking which is seen by visitors. Residents of Lucknow call themselves Lucknowites or Lucknowi.
It also represents the melting pot of globalization, where the heritage of the Nawab’s culture reflects the city’s traditional Hindi language vocabulary as well as a better path to modernization that exists here.
Lucknow is known for its gharanas. It is a traditional female dress that originated from the Nawabs of Awadh. It is a pair of loose trousers with below the knee worn with a kurta (shirt) and a dupatta (veil). It is embroidered with Gota (decorative lace on the knee area) with zari and zardozi. The dress is made of more than 24 meters of fabric, mostly of silk, brocade, and feats.