A colander is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food such as pasta or rice. A colander is also used to rinse vegetables.
The perforated nature of the colander allows liquid to drain through while retaining the solids inside. It is sometimes also called a pasta strainer or kitchen sieve.
The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.
Some sources report that the colander in the form of pasta strainer, was recognised by Austrian authorities as a religious headgear of the parody religion, Pastafarianism, in 2011. This was denied by Austrian authorities, saying that religious motives were not the reason to grant the permission of wearing the headgear in a passport. The Czech Republic recognised this religious headgear in 2013.
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- BBC News, Austrian driver allowed 'pastafarian' headgear photo, 14 July 2011.
- "Holy headgear! 'Pastafarian' wins legal fight". NBC News. July 14, 2011.
- Der Standard, Innenministerium zu Nudelsieb am Kopf: Fall "Alm" bei Reisepässen möglich, 15 July 2011 (German)
- Daily Mail Online, 'I'm a Pastafarian': Man who claims his religion forces him to wear a sieve on his head given permission to wear one on his official identity card picture, 1 August 2013.
- "Pastafarian protester carries an icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Piazza XXIV Maggio square in Milan, Italy, on June 2 2012.". Wikimedia Commons.
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