One of the most widespread religions around the world is Christianity. With so many followers around the world, it is one religion that encompasses the most diverse of cultures within its folds. As such, the Christian festivals are celebrated around the world with much pomp and grandeur with people of all religion taking part in it. The three top festivals of the religion are Christmas, Easter, and Lent.
The word Christmas has been taken from ‘Cristes Maesse’ or Christ’s Mass. It is observed as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the 25th of December every year. However, this date was always not set as such. The first instance of the celebration of Christmas was in 360 AD in Rome. It was not before 440 AD that the Christian church fixed the date at 25th. A grand mass or church service is organized in the commemoration of the festival. Lent is a significant festival that is observed as a preparation for Easter. It is a period of long fast during which people repent of their wrongdoings. They give up eating all kinds of rich food and practice self-discipline. The day before the starting of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday.
Easter is another important festival of the Christians that celebrate the death and resurrection of the Christ. Jesus died for the sins of the mankind, and his resurrection is the sign that those who believe in him will have the gift of eternal life and health.
The popular food traditions that are closely related to Christianity
Christians have several traditions related to food, and that includes feasts and fasting that are enjoyed during the religious holidays. There is a certain food that has sacred meaning and connotation to it. The significance of most of these foods relates to the fact that they work well together and they are suited to the season of the particular festival during which they are having.
The most famous food related to Christianity is Bread and wine which is held as Lord’s Supper. Jesus is said to have commanded his disciples to have the bread signifying his body and the wine signifying his blood. Milk and honey is the other food combination in which honey signifies goodness and truth while milk is related to wisdom and perfection. The legend says it that when Paul, a disciple of the lord, was beheaded by the soldiers, milk had started spurting out in place of blood.
The story of Noah and the Ark is where the significance of Olive comes from. A dove bore an olive branch to signal Noah that the floodwaters have receded. Olive is also said to be the tree of life that existed in the Garden of Eden. So that gives olive and olive oil spiritual significance for the Christians. The Christians most widely use olive oil.
A Christian meal is incomplete without having good desserts. There are a plethora of desserts that are traditionally prepared during the festivals like the Yule logs, cream puffs, bread puddings, pies, brandied cakes and so much more.