Feeding the poor is often a religious practice associated with self-purification and self-improvement. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism all embrace this practice is various ways. While not a daily custom in Western traditions, I've taken a few hours out of my vacations in Asia to fed monks while visiting Thailand or work in the langarat a Sikh temple in India. Above I'm pictured in a communal kitchen, which is responsible for offering vegetarian food to anyone who asks. In Jerusalem for the past 450 years, children have come to Khasiki Sultan in the heart of the old city to collect food for their entire family. This tradition or others like it can be found around the world and is a great way to give back when you're visiting a new nation. - Linden Schaffer
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