Saying grace before meals is a practice as old as time and fundamental to cultures around the world. Some say it religiously before each meal, while others only pause before a big, festive holiday meal.Saying grace essentially means to "pray for" or "give thanks for the food one is about to consume or has consumed." Grace stems from the Latin word gratia, which means "favor" or "kindness," and it’s a derivative of the word gratus, which means "pleasing."
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So saying grace is about honoring the source of that kindness—whomever or whatever one believes that source to be.
How people say grace, however, differs greatly by region, religion, and personal beliefs. Scroll through to see some of the ways people around the world say grace.