Research a food that is common to many cultures OR a cultural celebration featuring symbolic foods.

For this project, you will research a food that is common to many cultures OR a cultural celebration featuring symbolic foods. Topics will be chosen from the approved list below. You will present a history of the food or cultural celebration from an anthropological/historical point of view. For a food topic, you will describe traditional uses in the cultures where it is used, including symbolic uses of the food, historical importance, and any restrictions on the use of the food. For a celebration, you will include discussion of associated symbolic food(s) and their meaning in the context of the celebration, and typical preparations. You will also discuss changing uses of the food or celebration in the modern world due to immigration and globalization.

The paper will be minimum 4-5 pages, double-spaced, in length and must include a list of at least 4 references in APA format. The references should be publications from the library, Encyclopedias, Journals, books and Magazines/Newspapers. In-paper citations should follow the same approved format (APA). originality score of 10% or less is expected, as you will be allowed to resubmit your paper.


Cultural Celebration Topics


  1. Lunar New Year
  2. Day of the Dead
  3. Christmas
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. Diwali
  6. Seder
  7. Hanukkah
  8. Epiphany/Three Kings Day
  9. Naw Rouz
  10. Ramadan
  11. Easter
  12. Autumn Moon Festival
  13. Weddings
  14. Birthdays
  15. Others with instructor approval


Food Topics


  1. Wine
  2. Beer
  3. Rum
  4. Whiskey
  5. Hot Peppers
  6. Rice
  7. Corn
  8. Cassava
  9. Sugar
  10. Chocolate
  11. Coffee
  12. Tea
  13. Honey
  14. Cinnamon
  15. Cheese
  16. Noodles
  17. Bread
  18. Soy
  19. Fruit (choose one)
  20. Tomatoes
  21. Garlic
  22. Butter
  23. Ice cream
  24. Basil
  25. Thyme
  26. Ketchup
  27. Olive oil
  28. Ginger
  29. Peanuts
  30. Vanilla
  31. Potatoes
  32. Others with instructor approval









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