Whether it's a day of fasting, a day where the hungry are fed, or a day for sweets and indulgence, food plays an important part in many holiday traditions; you challenge is to design a holiday that, instead of celebrating WITH food, celebrates food itself! It can be a harvest festival or simply a nod to the culinary artists of the community Food can have a lot more cultural significance than simply nourishing people, too. Some cultures believe that consuming something with powerful or magical properties will allow you to absorb that power. For others, it's a less literal blessing of a meal being a time you spend with loved ones - think of the old phrase "to break bread together". Food can be symbolic, as well; think of religious communion, with bread and wine representing the flesh and blood of Jesus. Seasonal foods can mark the passage of time and the seasons, and be representative of the same things those seasons represent (ie: spring being a time of rebirth) Once again you can use the form below, create your own form, or free-write! Holiday Name: When is it celebrated? Who celebrates? What is done to celebrate? How old is this holiday? Has this holiday changed much from its roots? Where do the festivities take place? Is there anything it is taboo to do on this holiday? Do people dress differently for this holiday? Is any kind of decoration traditional? Are any colours, symbols, or icons associated with this holiday? Are any spirits or deities associated with this holiday? Is it an important/widespread celebration, or a smaller affair? Are there any foods or drinks associated with this holiday? Do any natural events coincide with this holiday (ie: an eclipse)? What kind of food is celebrated? Does it tie in with the agricultural or ranching community? Is everyone expected to cook? Is there one large meal, or munching through the day? Conversely, is it a day of fasting? Is any special attention given to those who suffer for lack of food? Do those who are especially skilled chefs make any special contribution? Are there any contests? Any awards? Does the food carry any symbolism? Is there a limit as to how much you can eat on this holiday? Other Creating Holidays Exercises: Seasons! Death! Food! Protection! Costumes! Travel! Animals! Time! Parents! Invention! Gifts! Inebriation! Superstition! Religion! Miracles! Birthdays! Manliness! Games! The Future! Purification! Flowers!