Religious/Cultural Foods?!

Question: Religious/Cultural Foods?
The interfaith council at my college has a kick off dinner for our Faith week every year and this year we want to have a buffet representing foods from different religions and cultures. SO my question is essentially,

what foods do your feel represent your religious culture or what are some of your favorite foods eaten at religious holidays.

It is buffet style and we're going to have a lot so keep that in mind :)



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I am catholic. For me bread, fish and painted hard boiled eggs (Easter eggs) represent this faith. Here in the UK I would say Hot cross buns represent Easter…

My Ex was Jewish, I think the Challah,Hamantash, Teiglach and the Cholet were very important reminders of his faith.

I think the easiest would be Jewish- blintz, latkes, matzah, hummus, baba ganoush, pita.. Make sure it's Kosher!
Christianity- bread (representing the Body) and win (representing the Blood)
Islam- No pork, alcohol in the food, or foods made with animal fats..
Hinduism- no beef or beef products.Many Hindus are vegetarian. Onions, garlic, and alcohol is usually avoided.Definitely no cows, snails, fowl, or camel.
Buddhism- most are vegetarians. Definitely no cows, snails, fowl, or camel.

I'm Pagan, and tend to eat as fresh & seasonal as I can. I'm also veggie, so Halloween pumpkin soup is a great favourite. You can, if you're careful, use a hollow pumpkin as a tureen, or put a tureen inside one for greater security. Jack O'lanterns are Pagan symbols of light during the dark winter; when I was a kid, before pumpkins were grown much in the UK, we used swedes & turnips (rutabaga) - but they smell horrible if they scorch!
Here in Yorkshire we eat Parkin at this time of year, around Halloween & Bonfire Night (qv). Parkin is a heavy, sticky sort of oatmeal gingerbread - again it means warmth and hope to keep you going through winter. It is often made in the shape of people or pigs, Halloween being a feast of the dead, and of killing and preserving food animals to last over winter. You could also put out a nice dish of apples, which are sacred in Celtic lore.
We eat eggs at spring Equinox, cos that's when the fowls start laying. Christianity, with all due respect, took over a lot of old pagan festivals, and, of course, their relevant foods.
Anyway, as a British Pagan, I'd have a nice big cauldron of pumpkin soup, some wholemeal bread, regional cheese, hazelnuts, a pile of parkin and some fresh fruit. And elderberry wine or real ale to drink.
Enjoy! and Blessed Be!

Mexican wedding cookies and Pan de muertos…

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