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City Spoonful highlights the religious significance of langar

City Spoonful, a New York-focused food culture website, visits the Gurdwara in Staten Island, New York,  looking beyond the menu to talk about the religious significance of langar – the community meal served at every Sikh house of worship:

The meal itself exemplifies two of the most important tenets of Sikhism: equality and community service. That egalitarian philosophy is emphasized by the custom of eating langar on the floor, where everyone literally sits at the same level.

Often, langar is simply characterized as a delicious vegetarian meal, so it’s nice to see the meaning behind the practice – so fundamentally part of Sikh philosophy – explained.

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