Dietary Customs of Hinduism

Ben Janosky - B Block

Overview of Hinduism Dietary Laws

Most people that practice Hinduism are vegetarian, but some follow the religions dietary laws with different levels of strictness. All Hindus do not eat beef, which is prohibited, but many hindus also refrain from eating foods such as other meat, fish, poultry, eggs, alcohol and caffeine. Hindus believe that food is a gift from god and that it should be respected. One ritual involving this belief is the offering of food before a meal. Other rituals include sprinkling water around the food and eating food in a clean place. Hindus also believe that serving food to the needy is good. Hindus fast on holy days and on certain festivals in order to purify themselves. In Hinduism, food also plays an important role in celebrating birthdays and marriages.



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