When we celebrate, there’s usually food attached to the occasion. The same goes with any important milestone in life, whether it’s a birthday or a wedding, or festivals and celebrations. For example, in Philippine culture, you’re likely to see the famous lechon in these events. But why is food important in celebrations and these other special occasions?
Well, that’s what we’re going to take a look at in this blog article. Keep on reading as we explore 5 reasons why food is important during these happy and festive moments!
- Food is an important part of many celebrations and plays a significant role in cultural and social traditions.
- Food often symbolizes and commemorates special events or milestones, such as weddings, birthdays, and religious holidays.
- Food can also convey meaning and communicate and honor traditions, cultural values, and beliefs.
- Food can also be used as a way to express creativity and artistry, with many chefs and home cooks using their skills to create visually stunning and delicious dishes.
Why Celebrations Are Important In Our Life
Before anything else though, why DO we have celebrations? Why is celebration important?
Well, if you think about it, here are some good reasons to celebrate:
- It’s a great “excuse” to bond with friends and family members who you haven’t seen for a long time. We’ll get to connect with them again on deeper levels or simply catch up. That’s actually good for your health!
- Celebrations also serve as significant milestones in our lives. Every birthday, every anniversary, every baptism makes us appreciate how far we’ve come, agree?
- Celebrating things also helps us to create amazing memories that we can look back to and enjoy. And believe it or not, good memories help you get through tough times! That’s why you should collect as many positive memories as possible.
- To celebrate is to have fun! It’s that simple. People need fun in their lives, including you! Yes, it’s backed by science.
The great thing about celebrations is that you don’t have to reserve them for big happenings or for holidays. You can celebrate even just a win, whether it’s at work or something personal. Just go cook something up, bring people over, or invite them to come over, and enjoy!
Now, going back to the main topic: what is the importance of food in these happy moments?
Food in Celebrations: Religious Reasons
So why is food used in celebrations? Well, one is because of religious reasons. Religious moments throughout history have happened with food serving as symbols to commemorate these events. For example:
- In Jewish culture, the Passover Seder is celebrated with symbolic foods such as matzah, bitter herbs, and wine. Each piece is used to represent the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
- In Christian tradition, bread and wine, used by Jesus Christ to symbolize His boy and blood, are used symbolically at every mass or during special feasts.
- One of the most important celebrations in China is the Mooncake Festival. It’s a celebration of the rice harvest and many fruits. The role food plays here is important: eating mooncakes! That’s to achieve a reunion with families and happiness for the year.
In short, specific foods represent important events for different religions and cultures.
Food in Celebrations: Another Reason To Bond With Loved Ones!
The importance of food in celebrations is rooted in the fact that food is often shared with family and friends. People need to eat to live, after all. What better way to bring people together than to invite them to a gathering with food?
And of course, who else will you invite to a gathering with food other than people you like to hang out with? You’ll get a space for bonding and connecting with them and will bring you closer to one another. Remember that next time when you get invited to a birthday: you’re not just there to eat some birthday cake but to really hang out and build better relationships with the people there.
Food in Celebrations: Psychological Benefits
Here’s another role foods play in celebrations. When you eat some good food, aside from filling your tummy, don’t you feel good? Having good food just makes you feel even better during a special event!
The science behind this is that eating food releases “feel-good” chemicals in your brain, like serotonin. That helps you relax and actually enjoy the party or event, aside from bonding with your loved ones.
Plus, you’ll be able to associate delicious food with good memories. And as mentioned above, that helps you deal with any negative events that may happen in the future.
Food in Celebrations: Honoring The Culture
Why are cultural celebrations such an important part of society? Why is food important in culture? That’s because food is an important part of a person’s or country’s culture. For example, Singaporeans identify with hawker food as a part of their culture.
Cultural celebrations are important because they allow people to celebrate and show pride in their cultural identity. When people serve food from their culture during celebrations, it’s a way of sharing and preserving their cultural heritage.
Celebrations also provide an opportunity for people to showcase their culture to the world, promote and preserve traditional recipes and customs, and keep them alive for future generations. For example, the taco is a symbol of Mexican culture and by serving them during celebrations, Mexicans can share their cultural identity with others. The same goes for any country!
The Last Reason: Just Because They’re Delicious!
Sometimes, we don’t have to think too much about the role food plays in celebrations. It’s enough that they taste good, and we want to eat yummy things! Life is too short to not enjoy it, and it’s okay to simply have a good time eating food during these occasions.
Food is a source of pleasure, and celebrations are a time to enjoy and indulge in the foods we love. It’s that simple.
Want to eat and make food that will really make you celebrate?
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In Chef Him’s latest class, you’re going to learn to make four amazing dishes that are great for parties and other special occasions:
- Polla Ala Brasa: A chicken dish with the rich and distinctive flavors of Peruvian cuisine. It is a succulent and juicy roasted chicken with a distinct and bold flavor. It comes with three amazing sauces, too!
- Braised Beef Paella: No Pinoy celebration is complete without rice–and that’s where this Braised Beef Paella comes in! It’s a flavorful melange of tender beef chunks, rice, and crisp vegetables. This dish comes with a side of roasted bone marrow, too!
- Fish and Chips: This iconic English dish has many versions–and Chef Him can show to two ways to make it. Choose from the crumbly and tasty Butter-Crumbled Fish and the crispy on-the-outside and pillowy on-the-inside Beer Battered Fish paired with a Greek Salad and some crispy “chips.”
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