Communal dining

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A large group of diners, all seated at one long table
Communal diners at Outstanding in the Field

Communal dining is the practice of dining with others. The practice is centered on food and sharing time with the people who come together in order to share the meal and conversation. Communal dining can take place in public establishments like restaurants, college cafeterias, or in private establishments (home).[1][2]


Communal dining was an important part of ancient Rome's religious traditions.[3]

There is a mention of communal dining in Chinese history.[4]


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  3. ^ Martens, Marleen (2015). "Communal Dining". A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World. doi:10.1002/9781118886809. ISBN 9781118886809.
  4. ^ Chang, Gene Hsin; Wen, Guanzhong James (October 1997). "Communal Dining and the Chinese Famine of 1958–1961". Economic Development and Cultural Change. 46 (1): 1–34. doi:10.1086/452319.