There are several times throughout the year when the local religious calendar demands various types of fasting (often fasting from SPECIFIC INGREDIENTS like dairy or meat).  Due to this fasting practice, we have to be sensitive regarding the food/snacks we serve to students at the Center, or to guests in our homes.
At a local grocery store, they have made the process of searching for “fasting products” a bit easier by providing these small green signs that indicate the food has been prepared accordingly.  This is great example of the massive influence of the local religious tradition over every area of life–even the grocery store.