Food Culture

The following resources focus on the wider role that food plays within a culture and society. These include how people relate to food in general, social customs surrounding food and sharing food, nutritional profiles of national diets, and relations to specific ingredients found in national foods. For much more on the histories and cultural meaning of specific national dishes, see the Recipes section in the main menu of this site.

Sabantuy: A Global Summer Festival Celebrating Tatar Heritage

Sabantuy (Сабантуй) is the traditional Volga (Kazan) Tatar summer festival. It dates back to pre-Islamic, pagan times and originally was a ritual that asked the gods for a plentiful harvest. Today, however, the festival can best be understood as a national Tatar celebration of their culture and traditions. Sabantuy are inclusive, community-building events. In Tatarstan, […]

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