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Food and Ritual: 5 Table Rituals from Around the World - Cook with Smile
Since it is central in all our lives, food becomes an essential part of a lot of religious, national and spiritual rituals gathering all friends and family members. We pay special attention to food preparation on those celebratory days: at some tables, it is a golden-roasted turkey, others have special bread, and sometimes, there are yummy dates. Suhoor and Iftar Have you ever heard of these food rituals? Your answer is highly likely “no.” But you might have heard of Ramadan, an Islamic ritual of fasting a whole month where Muslims are forbidden to eat or drink during the day. Suhoor and iftar refer to special eating rituals during the month of Ramadan. Suhoor is the last meal before sunrise and thus, before the beginning of the fasting day. It is mostly recommended to keep suhoor light and full of fiber, proteins, complex carbs and hydrating foods. After sunset at iftar time, people usually break their fast with soft yummy dates, olives or water. Ramadan is a special month for Muslims to come to peace with themselves and their communities and at different levels: the body, mind and soul. On the body level, people learn patience for food and water, …