Many families keep traditions. Some are unique to them, others part of a wider communal identity. They might be special occasions, observed every year in a particular way; or foods from a distant homeland, passed on to new generations. Some link present generations to ancient practices, while others are ‘new traditions’, invented by families over a lifetime. All have special meaning to family members.

Food and cooking are often at the heart of family traditions. Favourite family recipes may be preserved through generations, even while methods of cooking and general tastes continue to evolve. In immigrant families, food is often especially important, as a tangible link with home and culture. Traditional foodways, passing on techniques to children, is part of preserving identity in a new place.

Are there special traditions in your family? How about favourite family recipes? What makes them unique?