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Why is eating with hands so important?

eating with hands

Every country has its own food traditions, but when it comes to India eating is an important ritual.

Centuries of invasions, conquests, religious beliefs, political changes and social customs gave birth to a large number of food traditions in Hindu culture – with a particular one consisting of eating with your hands.

But what is the reason behind it?

The origins of this tradition comes from the Vedic times, when hands were considered the most valuable organ. In that period citizens used to respect food and believed that eating was a sensory experience – full of emotions.

As an old Indian saying goes: “eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit”

eating with hands

According to Ayurvedic texts, each finger is an extension of the five elements. Through the thumb comes space, with the forefinger comes air, the middle finger is fire, the ring finer is water and the little finger represents earth.

Furthermore, it is believed that eating with your hands helps with digestion – stimulating our stomach juices and enhancing the taste of the food we eat.

Finally, this tradition reflects the cultural identity of India and gives an example of why Indian food is so important in Hindu culture

Food: The essence of a Hindu wedding


Hindu wedding food

When it comes to weddings , food is the essence of Hindu celebrations.

If you’ve ever had the chance to attend an Indian wedding you’ll know that there’s no party without a huge amount of colorful and expensive dishes. In Indian culture, weddings are the perfect opportunity to show off your cooking skills and spread the love through food – but don’t expect to find hundreds  of spicy and super hot plates though!

Indian cuisine offers many different flavours and can match virtually any food taste.. You just need to taste them and find your favorites one. After all, it will takes you time to get through that seemingly  endless table!

Hindu wedding food

Furthermore you might see several different vegetarian plates – but only if the married couple comes from the south of India. In fact North Indian Hindu weddings are used to offering meat and fish based meals. On the other hand, if the couple is from the south, vegetarian guests will feel in the right place tasting several sumptuous veggie dishes.

Either way a Hindu wedding is a proper food festival  and it’s hard not to find amazing delicious flavors.

At East Z East Preston we can do this! We can cater for up to 180 people and our dedicated team of staff work with you to create the most memorable evening imaginable! Check our banquet menu out!

Are you ready to organize the best Hindu wedding party ever?