Other Spellings : Gujaratis, Gujju (slang)
Religion : Hinduism. Some Gujaratis follow Islam, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Christianity
Language : Gujarati
Regional Spread : Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in India. A significant population of Gujaratis is also present in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa. Gujaratis can also be found in UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Pakistan
Population : 100 to 120 million
Food Habits : A majority of Hindu Gujaratis are vegetarian. This is largely due to the influence of Jainism in the state of Gujarat. Gujarati cuisine follows the traditional Indian full meal structure of rice, curry, vegetables and bread.
Marriage Preference : Prefer to go for arrange marriage with Gujaratis of their own caste.
Related Ethnic Groups : Indo-Iranians, Indo-Aryans, Marathas, Sindhi people, Punjabis.
The Gujarati people, or Gujaratis, are a Gujarati speaking people of mostly Indo-Aryan origin. People of the Gujarati ethnicity are primarily located in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent, specifically in the Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh regions of India. A significant number of Gujaratis can also be found in the former Portuguese-ruled parts of India - Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, as well as in parts of Pakistan. The Gujaratis living in Pakistan are Muslims and are mainly those who migrated after the Partition of India and subsequent creation of independent Pakistan in 1947. They belong mainly to the Memon, Khoja, and Bohra groups. A large majority migrated to Karachi. A number of families still have relatives in Indian Gujarat and consider Gujarati to be their native tongue, even though they were born and brought up in Karachi.
The Gujaratis are known for their entrepreneurial spirit and capacity to work hard. Many Gujaratis have done relatively well for themselves in India and abroad. The diamond business has brought many Gujaratis to Belgium and the motel business has a large percentage of Gujaratis in the United States.