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Baby Baby Rituals

Baby-Naming
Gift etiquette for Jewish baby-naming ceremonies
Why do Jews name babies after deceased relatives?

Circumcision
How can I suppress my maternal instincts at a Jewish circumcision?

Godparents
Should the godfather tip the priest?
Can I tell my godchild I disagree with her parents' values?
How did the godparent tradition start?
Can I godfather a child from a different denomination?
Can Jewish relatives be godparents to my Catholic baby?
Is being the sandak the Jewish equivalent to being a godparent?

customs Customs & Laws

Buddhist
Does bowing to a Buddha statue mean that I worship him?
Why do meditators remove their shoes?
Why do Buddhists rub statues of the Buddha?
Etiquette when interacting with a Lama

Catholic Christian
How should I address Catholic religious leaders?

Christian
Which day is the Christian Sabbath?
Orthodox house blessings

Hindu
Why are odd numbers lucky?

Jehovah's Witnesses
Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate birthdays?

Judaism
Why do Jews cover their heads?
Why do Jews wear prayer shawls?
Why don't some Jews touch members of the opposite sex?
Why isn't there an 'O' in 'G-d'?

death Death & Dying

Buddhist
How should I offer condolences to Buddhist friends?

Christian
Do I have to go up to the casket at a viewing?

Christian Science
Are funeral services optional?

Hindu
Meanings of rituals and items at a Hindu funeral
How do Hindus commemorate a death?
Why do Hindus wear white to funerals?
Should I send a bereaved Hindu flowers?

Islam
Does Islam allow cremation?

Jehovah's Witnesses
Etiquette and gifts at a funeral

Judaism
What food/gift item should I bring to a funeral?
What should I send to a Jewish funeral?
Do Jews always collect donations at funeral services?

Food & Diet

Catholic
Are there dietary restrictions during Lent?

Jehovah's Witnesses
Do Jehovah's Witnesses eat pork?

Jewish
What are the Jewish dietary laws?
What should I serve my Jewish coworkers?

Gifts

Baptism
What should I give my baptism sponsor?
What is the customary gift for godparents?

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
What is the customary gift for a Bat Mitzvah?
Can I bring a Bar Mitzvah gift to the synagogue?
Cash gifts: How much is appropriate?

Birth
Gift etiquette for Jewish baby-naming ceremony
Gifts for Muslim newborns

First Communion
Sacred and secular gifts for First Communion

Holidays
What should I give for Christmas, Hanukkah, Rohatsu, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Yule?
What should I give for the Jewish New Year?

Holidays

Buddhist
What should I give for Rohatsu presents?

Christian
Do Jews celebrate Valentine's Day?
What should I give for Christmas presents?
Is it tacky to invite non-Christians to Christmas parties?
If I'm not Christian, what should I do at a Christmas party?
Are Easter eggs pagan?
What does Good Friday mean to Hindus?

Hindu
What's Diwali, and should I bring presents?

Jehovah's Witnesses
Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate Thanksgiving?

Jewish
Valentine's Day vs. 'Heart Day'?
What is Hanukkah about?
What should I give for Hanukkah presents?
How do Jews greet each other on holidays?
What is a sukkah?
Can a non-Jew recite the Four Questions at a Passover seder?
What should I give my friends for the Jewish New Year?
What gift should I give to the hostess of a seder?

Muslim
What should I give for Ramadan presents?

Other
Ringing in the not-so-new year
What should I give for Yule presents?
What should I give for Kwanzaa presents?
Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate holidays?

Interfaith

Babies
Can I godfather a child from a different denomination?

Food
What's the difference between kosher and halal?

Holidays
Is January 1 the beginning of the new year for non-Christians?
How should a Christian greet a Jew on Hanukkah?
What's the difference between a Christian and a Hindu conception of Good Friday?
Is it disrespectful to celebrate a birthday during Easter weekend?
Can a non-Jewish child recite the Four Questions at a Passover seder?
If I'm not Christian, what should I do at a Christmas party?

Intercommunion
Can an Episcopalian receive Communion in a Catholic church?
Should a Catholic take Communion in an Episcopalian church?

Music
Can I listen to the sacred songs of religions that are not my own?

Other
Do children take the religion of the mother or the father?

Prayer
How do I pray at a multifaith public event?
Can I pray to a Catholic saint on behalf of a Jewish person?

Proselytizing
How do I deal with a proselytizing coworker?
How do I keep someone from trying to convert me?
How do I avoid people giving me tracts?

Weddings
Can a Presbyterian minister officiate at a wedding in a Catholic church?
What's an "unprogrammed" Quaker wedding?
Can a Jew be a bridesmaid at a Christian wedding?
Can a Presbyterian give a toast at a Unitarian wedding?
Will a Presbyterian minister officiate at a wedding of two Catholics whose previous marriages weren't annulled?

Worship
Can a Christian wear a Jewish prayer shawl?
Can non-Muslims attend Friday prayer services at a mosque?
Did my child offend worshipers by drawing pictures of Jesus in a mosque?


Kids

Christianity
Should I tell my kids I think Easter eggs are pagan?
How can my child reject going to Bible camp with her friend? 


Public Display of Religion

In schools
What's wrong with invoking Allah in the classroom?

On airplanes
Why do Jews pray on flights to Israel?

Rites of Passage

Baptism
Do I need to be rebaptized if I join the United Methodist Church?
Should I give my baptism sponsor a gift?

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Can I bring a gift to the synagogue?
Why is the music always so loud?

Confirmation
Steps to Communion and Confirmation
What should I say to the presiding bishop?

 Social Issues

Hinduism
Is it OK to express my feminism in India?

Islam
What is the Muslim stance on homosexuality?
Are DKNY jeans with the Qur'an written on them offensive?

School Prayer
What's wrong with invoking Allah in the classroom?

Other
What happened to A.D. and B.C.?
Orthodox Jewish spelling: Why no 'O' in 'G-d'?
How should I handle religious chain mail?
Advice on visiting the sick
When ethics and etiquette clash 

Travel

Africa
What should I know about religions in Africa?

India
What will my friend see on a pilgrimage to Hindu holy sites?
Is it OK to express my feminism in India?

United States
How can I get invited to Native American sacred ceremonies?
Follow-up on Native American ceremonies
How do I find an Amish church?

Weddings & Marriage

Anglican
What should an atheist do at an Anglican wedding?

Bahai
What should I give for a Baha'i wedding?

Catholic Christian
Will a Presbyterian minister officiate at a wedding of two Catholics whose previous marriages weren't annulled?

Christian
Can a Presbyterian minister officiate a wedding in a Catholic church?
Is it OK for a Jew to be a bridesmaid at a Christian wedding?

Eastern Orthodox Christian
Can I give Orthodox icons as wedding gifts to non-Orthodox Christians?

Hindu
What happens at a Hindu wedding ceremony?
Can I bring a gift to a Hindu wedding ceremony? 

Worship Services

African Methodist Episcopal
What's an AME service like?

Amish
Will the Amish mind if I attend their service?

Buddhist
How do I meditate at a Buddhist temple?

Catholic Christian
Do I have to genuflect in a Catholic church?
Can an Episcopalian take communion in a Catholic church?
Should a Catholic take communion in an Episcopalian church?
Should the godfather tip the priest at a baby-naming ceremony?
How to behave at a Roman Catholic Mass

Christian
Do I have to contribute to the collection plate?
What should I expect from a gay and lesbian church service?
How can I stop cell phones from going off in church?

Eastern Orthodox Christian
Why do Orthodox Christians cross themselves differently?
How should I respond to the greeting 'Christ is in our midst'?
Why do Orthodox Christians burn incense in church?

Ethical Culture
What happens at an Ethical Culture platform?

Hindu
What happens in a Hindu temple?
Customs and manners in a Hindu temple

Greek Orthodox
Do I have to follow rituals/prayers in church if I am of a different faith?

Jewish
Is a Jewish house of worship called a temple or a synagogue?

Muslim
Do I need to wash during a Sufi service?
Can non-Muslims attend Friday prayer services at a mosque?
What should I wear to a mosque?
Can I wear shoes in a mosque?
Can women wear slack/pants in a mosque?

Pentecostal
Why do Pentecostal Christians speak in tongues?

Quaker
What's an "unprogrammed" Quaker wedding?
What happens at Quaker meetings?

Seventh-day Adventist
Why do they observe the Sabbath on Saturday?

Shaker
Can I ask for a discount on Shaker furniture?

Wiccan
What happens in a Wiccan service?

Jewish
Am I automatically invited to the wedding reception?

Methodist
How long do Methodist weddings last?

Mormon
Do Mormons believe in polygamy?

Unitarian
Is it OK to mention God in the wedding toast?

Islam
Did my child offend worshipers by drawing pictures of Jesus in a mosque?

Judaism
Can a non-Jewish kid recite the Four Questions at a Passover seder?

Other
Do children take the religion of the mother or father?

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