Also enhances a feeling of unity and social solidarity Religious food practices

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Religious food practices vary widely Prohibitions and restrictions even within a particular faith may change between denominations or branches.
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World Religions Most prevalent: Eastern World : Hinduism and Buddhism Western World : Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
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Hinduism Hindus believe in the independence of life “Karma” is the spiritual load we accumulate or relieve ourselves of during our lifetime If a Hindu consumes animal flesh, they accumulate the Karma of that act, which they will then need to be balanced through good actions and learning in this life or the next Many are vegetarians, but not compulsory Most do not eat beef or beef products as cow is held to be sacred Dairy products are acceptable Foodstuffs such as onions, garlic and alcohol thought to inhibit the Hindu’s quest for spiritual enlightenment, therefore, to be avoided.
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Buddhism Is more of a life philosophy than religion and depends on which branch of Buddhism is practiced in which country Many choose to become vegetarians to avoid killing animals Some avoid meat and dairy produce, while others only shun beef Religious dates vary from one region to another Mahayana Buddhists celebrate three festivals for the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha, while Theravada celebrate all three events on a single day Buddhist monks tend to fast in the afternoon Buddhist monks and nuns are not allowed to cultivate, store or cook their own food: instead they must rely on “alms” from believers. This sometimes includes meat as monks and nuns are not allowed to ask for specific foods. Source: betterhealth.vic.gov..au
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Judaism Orthodox Conservative Reform Ashkenazi Sephardic
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Kashrut Dietary laws include: “unclean” foods How foods must be slaughtered and by whom. How they must be prepared. When they may be consumed.
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The Sabbath
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Jewish Feast Days Rosh Hashanah Sukkot Hanukkah Purim Passover Shavout
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Rosh Hashana New Year Beginning of ten-day period of penitence that ends with the day of Atonement. It is customary to eat a piece of apple dipped in honey or sugar to ensure sweet times ahead. The meatballs, dumplings, donuts, etc. can be read as symbols of unity and continuity.
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Hanukkah 8-day holiday Marked by a feast Pilafs, kebabs, spicy stews Ashkenazi – flaming tea ceremony Sephardim and Ashkenazim – dairy based dishes paying tribute to Queen Judith
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Passover Most important festival of the year The Seder Roasted shank bone Roasted egg Bitter herbs Mixture of apples, nuts, cinnamon, and wine Green vegetable/salt water
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Jewish Fast Days Complete: No food or water from sunset to sunset Yom Kippur Partial: No food or water from sunrise to sunset
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Christianity Roman Catholicism Eastern Orthodox Protestantism
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Roman Catholic Feasts Christmas Easter Annunciation Palm Sunday The Ascension Pentacost Sunday
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Palm Sunday Beginning of Easter Week Also known as: Cheese Sunday Figgy Sunday
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Easter
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