Cuisine - Middle East
Though small in number, vibrant Syriac Orthodox communities are found
all over the world today. In most cases, the cultural roots of these communities
go back either to Mesopotamia (predominantly South East Turkey and regions
around Mosul and Takrit in Iraq) or to the state of Kerala in southern
India. Over the centuries, these cultures developed unique and rich cultural
traditions, customs, and cuisines, much of which influenced by the practice
of the Christian faith in the Syriac Orthodox Church.
Practice of spiritual life in the Syriac Orthodox Church is guided by
the liturgical calendar of the Church. The church calendar determines
the observance of the high holy days, feasts of Saints, memorial days
of the fathers, fasts, etc. In addition, memorial days of the departed
faithful are observed in their families. Many cultural traditions and
customs are associated with these observances as also with the sacraments
of baptism and matrimony, and rites such as funerals.
In the linked pages, discover some facets of the Syriac Orthodox communities