Does Food Unite People?

Food is more than means to nourish; it is also a means to unite hearts across the globe

 

Food may not have a universal language, but it is surely a universal topic. And it isn’t wrong to say that food unites us all – across the table and around the globe.

Different cultures have different traditions around food. In China, if you completely clear your plate it implies that the host didn’t give you enough. While In India it is the other way round and you must clear your plate. In Japan, if you slurp while eating it means you are appreciative of the food.

Empty plate and a big burp means a compliment to the chef in India.
Empty plate and a big burp means a compliment to the chef in India.

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While in Korea, you shouldn’t raise your spoon until the oldest person has started eating. Strangely in Portugal, you shouldn’t ask for salt or pepper as it suggests that your host hasn’t seasoned the meal well.
But even if you keep the customs aside, what binds us on most celebrations is food. I remember how Diwali or Holi is incomplete without my mother cooking the festive delicacies and all of us sharing a meal.

Korea, you shouldn’t raise your spoon until the oldest person has started eating
Korea, you shouldn’t raise your spoon until the oldest person has started eating

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There is at least one thing common to everything we humans do – food. It isn’t exhausting anytime soon because we will always stay hungry and in search of soul-soothing food.
You see food starts a conversation, food is a symbol of happiness and plenty. Food is a sign of hospitality and welcome. It is a sign of love because moms pour all their love into a dish their kids like. And of course most dates happen in a restaurant and the list seems endless.

Are fancy restaurants romantic? Tina Fey in the movie Date Night thinks so!
Are fancy restaurants romantic? Tina Fey in the movie Date Night thinks so!

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Food dissolves all barriers that we humans have created of cast, creed, and color. And even though eating alone isn’t a taboo among urban Westerners, we Indians have a serious penchant for treating food as a communal activity. So when we all sit for a community meal in a Langar or temple we forget our differences.

We forget all our boundaries when food is shared at community level
We forget all our boundaries when food is shared at community level

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What we do is enjoy food sitting there, together, we don’t think about religion or any other differences. What we think is how delicious the food is and how appetizing it is for our mind, body, and spirit.
Food has become not just a nourisher, but also an uniter of hearts.

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