Religions and some food requirements

Hinduism
Most Hindus do not eat meat (strict Hindus are vegetarians) and none eat beef since the cow is sacred to them. Janam Ashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna, in August, Holi is the festival which celebrates the end of winter and arrival of spring.

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Buddhism
Unlike Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, Buddhism has less rigid dietary laws defining what people can eat and with whom they can dine.
The special foods used in the annual cycle of Buddhist holidays and festivals differ by country. Food is both a marker of religious affiliation and a marker of ethnic identity. It is therefore impossible to identify foods as specifically Buddhist.

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Islam
This religion has various food restrictions according to their own dietary laws, which are Halaal. Muslim celebrate the birth of Mohammed at the end of February or early in March. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are not allowed to eat from dawn to sunset. However young children, pregnant women and the sick are often exempted. As similar to other religions, it would be advisable to enquire as to what restrictions the guest has.
Carnivorous animals are not permitted.
All pork and pork products are totally forbidden.
Sea animals which do not have fins or scales are considered undesirable by some Muslims.
Alcohol in any form is not permitted.
Permissible meat other than pork can be eaten only if it is prepared in the correct way (Halaal).
These products should be avoided by all Muslims, Lard, gelatine, Rennet, Whey, Vanilla extract.
(some vanilla extracts have over 50% alcohol)
Utensils should be separate for Muslims. There should be no contamination of Halaal and non Halaal.

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Judaism
The Jewish diet is referred to as kosher. The ancient rules specify that Jews may eat virtually all the vegetables. When it comes to meat, four-footed animals must have hoofs and ruminant digestion (cows), sea food must have scales and fins, and only a few birds (chicken, ducks) are permitted. When the animals are slaughtered, they must be drained of all their blood immediately. The Jewish diet requires that meat and milk products may never be consumed together at one meal and even the dishes use for these two categories be washed and stored separately.

Pocket Guide to World Religions by W. Corduan

Christianity
Foods that the Bible lists as good to eat:
Barley—Ruth 2:23
Bread—Luke 22:19
Butter—Isaiah 7:22
Corn—Ruth 2:14; I Samuel 17:17
Cheese—I Samuel 17:18
Dates—Genesis 3:2
Eggs—Job 6:6
Figs—Numbers 13:23; I Samuel 25:18
Fruits(All)—Genesis 1:29
Herbs (Leafy Plants) and Vegetables—Genesis 1:29
Honey—Deuteronomy 8:8
Meats—(Beef, Fish,Lamb,Poultry,Venison) Deuteronomy 14; Leviticus 11
Milk—Isaiah 7:21-22
Nuts—Genesis 43:11
Olives and Olive Oil—Leviticus 2:4; Deuteronomy 8:8
Salt—Leviticus 2:13
Wheat (Bread, Cereal, Pasta)—Psalm 81:16

The following are some different kinds of fasts:

• Juice Fast: Abstaining from solid food and only drinking fruit juices and water
• Traditional Fast: Abstaining from food and all drinks except water
• Partial fast: Fasting from sun up to sun down, or from the time you get up until dinner
• One-day fast: Fasting from bed time of day one until breakfast of day three
• Three-day fast: Self explanatory
• One-Week fast: A full week of no food and only water
• Daniel Fast: Fasting for three weeks
• Wesley Fast: Fasting on Wednesday and Friday; a tradition practice by John Wesley and many in the early church
• 40 days fast: before Easter, Christmas and St. Mary

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