Extra Credit Assignment
If you are interested in food and/or cooking, you might want to do an extra credit project related to Faith, Food and Fasting.
If you choose to journal your thoughts, responses, reflections, questions on any “optional” resources you look at throughout the course. Use the “extra credit” journal for these extra reflections and reference the items you are discussing in the title and context of your entry.
These videos will help you answer the question “What Is a Ritual?”
Rites of Passage
A rite of passage is connected to the changes we go through in life. Typically these rites surround events like birth, coming of age, marriage and death. They occur just once in any one person’s life. The rituals marking these occasions help with the transition as well as to mark and celebrate the new status with friends, family and community.
- Baptism (Catholic and Protestant)
- Upanayanam (sacred thread ceremony) (Hindu)
- Jewish Burial Practices
- Buddhist Ash Interment
In contrast to rites of passage, a calendar or seasonal ritual occurs on a recurring basis (“periodic”). Annual holidays like Easter and Christmas, Passover and Chanukah, Ramadan, etc. fall into this category. But this category of ritual can also include monthly, weekly and even daily rituals. Thus the weekly Sabbath service in a church and the daily prayer of a Muslim can also be considered calendar or “periodic” rituals. The key is that these occur on a regularly repeating basis be it once a year, once a week, or every day.
Calendar and Seasonal Rituals
- A Hindu Family Celebrates Diwali
- University Students Celebrate Holi
- Janmashtami (Celebrating Krishna’s Birthday)
- Kumbh Mela Festival (pilgrimage)
- The meaning of the High Holiday practices
- Spirituality of the High Holy Days
- High Holiday practices
- The Rituals of Yom Kippur
- Observing Sukkot
- Simchat Torah
- The Meaning of Hanukkah
- The Meaning and Symbolism of Passover
- Preparing for Passover
- The Passover Seder: symbolism of food
- What is Shavuot?
There are other rituals that may be done at any time, based on the personal preferences or specific needs of the individual. “Special” rites or rituals like the Jewish mikvah or Catholic saying the rosary or healing rites in various religions done on an “as needed” basis.