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Overview of Hinduism Dietary Laws

In Hinduism, food is very important as it is often used symbolically with birthdays and marriages, as well as with other celebrations. During the festivals of Holi and Diwali, Hindus offer food to the gods to represent their devotion.

Cows are considered the most sacred animal to Hindus because it is the provider of many things, such as milk, yogurt, and ghee, which is clarified butter.

Most Hindus are vegetarians and almost all choose not to eat beef because of the taboo that eating beef is ‘impure.’ This belief also ties to the sacredness of cows.

Typical Menu at a Hindu Dinner Party

1. For appetizers, a plate of fresh plain or garlic naan would be brought out.

2. Continuing to the main course, bowls of dal, which is similar to a thick soup, would be served.

3. For those who were still hungry, plates of saag paneer over basmati rice would fill them up.

4. Finally, the meal would be wrapped up with lassis with a choice of either plain yoghurt, salty, or mango.


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