Yes, we ate off banana leaves.
In India, people love to eat from banana leaves for a variety of reasons. First of all, the leaves are easily available and they can be used as disposable plates. These are often used at large functions such as weddings, birthdays and other celebrations. The used leaves are environmentally friendly, unlike plastic plates.
Secondly, the food tastes better on banana leaves as the leaves add more flavor to the food.
Thirdly, eating from a banana leaf is considered hygienic and healthy. It is customary to eat with one’s fingers, as knives and forks will damage the tender leaves. When placing the leaves on the table, the narrowest end faces the left and the widest end faces the right. Food is always placed on the widest part of the leaf. Rice is served in the middle and the vegetables are placed all around. (This explanation was taken from this website).
Even though Indians would eat with their fingers, we haven't gotten that far and we still used silverware. Although, there were people in the restaurant eating with their fingers. I did do it a couple of times while in India, but my moto has been "while in India, do as the Indias."
Today, is Thaipusam (pronounced: Tie-poo-som). It is a Hindu festival. I'm not exactly sure what it represents and stands for, but hopefully, like I have said several times, Gary will be a guest on my blog and tell us all about it because he is seeing it all first hand, while I'm at work : ). Most Hindu's are Indian so he has been talking about eating Indian food for a week-and-a-half, since he found out he was going. I told the guy yesterday who is taking him how excited he is to eat Indian food and he replied, "Oh so you think I should take them to McDonalds tomorrow?" HAHA!!!
It has been really fun eating all of the different types of food! That's what's great about having 3 different cultures that live in this country because we get to try so much food!
Eat something exotic today (McDonalds doesn't count),