Ella explained that when her family eats they all sit down together and say a special phrase of thanks before eating. The phrase is saying thank you to the people who have prepared the meal. The eldest person is the first to eat, so Ella waits until the last to begin her meal as she is the youngest. When they are finished eating everyone waits until all the others are finished before leaving the table. After Ella shared about her families customs we discussed possible reasons and concluded that her family valued time together and thought respecting elders as well as people who made the food was important.
Amanda shared about the different foods she eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast on a Saturday Amanda has egg, bread, fruit and a chocolate cookie. For lunch she has cabbage, rices, soup, noodles and broccoli. For dinner: fish, rice, tomato, egg and noodles. Everyone enjoyed guessing what could be on the plate with the question mark. In her family they only eat when everyone is ready at the table so they wait for her grandma to finish cooking the food. This shows they value being together and sharing the food. Amanda uses a fork, spoon and chopsticks for eating.
Sota's parents cook his food at home sometimes they go out to a restaurant. He uses a spoon, fork and chopsticks. Before his family eat they say a Japanese phrase which is a thank you to their God and a thank you to the person who made the food. We wanted to know why and Sota explained it is so that the God will give them more food for the next meal. Then we wanted to know how the God gives the food. We will do some further research into beliefs and different Gods.
Jiwoo showed us photos and two videos of her meal time with her mum. We heard her say the special words of thanks mentioned by Ella at her Show and Tell earlier in the week. Jiwoo said they mean 'I will eat well'.
Keshav explained about eating a traditional meal in Sri-Lanka. He told us he eats with his fingers, but only using his right hand. His left hand is dirty and his right hand is clean. Keshav compared the custom in Korean families of the eldest eating first with the Sri Lankan custom where the youngest eats first. He said the reason for this is to bring good luck. Keshav said they use a banana leaf instead of a plate and Ms. Shradha explained the custom of folding the leaf toward you if you enjoyed the food and away from you if you did not enjoy it. Amanda was curious if India and Sri Lanka are the same.