Food and religion go hand in hand across the world. Many religions have specific rituals, practices and celebrations that influence the types of foods its followers can consume. For example, many Jewish people eat special kosher foods like gefilte fish and matzo farfel during the Passover holiday. In Hinduism, the cow is traditionally considered sacred, so many followers do not eat beef.
National Geographic Education offers a fun activity to explore some of the major religious food cultures in the world. In this activity, 9th-12th graders are given the opportunity to plan a menu based on discussion and research about food rituals.
Further exploration: CBS video that explores food and culture of Judaism, Islam, and Sikhism.