Questions tagged [religion]

Questions relating to religious culture, customs, etc. Prefer more specific tags where appropriate, perhaps: [islam], [ramadan], [sharia-law], [shinto]

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Are there any flights which permits a Sikh to carry a kirpan?

I am a religious Sikh from Jalandhar, India. I have not travelled outside of the country for a single time so far. However, my family is pestering me to take them for a jolly holiday trip to a ...
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Is it OK for an openly Muslim person to travel to the United States post-2017?

My friend and I are planning our first overseas trip together and we're trying to decide on where to go. We're from Malaysia and my friend is a Muslim who wears a hijab. We're considering going to the ...
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What does “K+M+B 2016” mean in when written on a church wall?

I was recently in Prague, and while visiting churches I saw several times the inscription "K+M+B 2016" (sometimes with a C instead of K) written in chalk on a wall or a door. I only saw this in (...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

I'm not a Muslim (I consider myself as Jain/Hindu, etc) but I wish to travel around Mecca. There is a common belief around the world that only Muslims are allowed inside Mecca. Is that true? Can I ...
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What to do in Las Vegas without having to sin?

For religious reasons, I don't gamble drink alcohol engage in fornication visit prostitution or strip clubs Are there still interesting things for people like me in Vegas? It is a week-long ...
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Can I eat a beef burger in India?

I always heard that cows are holy in India. So I assumed that you can't eat any meat made of cows in India. But recently a friend told me, that it depends on the region. Not everywhere in India cows ...
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

I plan on doing the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage, but I am also unequivocally atheist. My motivation for undergoing a (mostly) religious pilgrimage is pushing the limits of what I believe I ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

There's this 14 km long road that's one of the main attractions in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. The road goes all the way around a small mountain called Arunachala. The mountain is considered ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

I am a muslima with Moroccan passport, and my boyfriend is European. Do you think that we might have problems sharing a room in Indonesia? We do not plan on going to Aceh. We will mostly go to ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

Same question for other Muslim places in the world that are worth visiting. Of course, this doesn't imply the intention of spreading atheistic and anti-theistic views in that country. Nothing like ...
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Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?

Could I bring books like The God Delusion from Richard Dawkins to Saudi Arabia? What will happen if they saw this book in my hand during the check-in or somewhere else in Saudi Arabia? What about ...
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How would Japanese people react to someone refusing to say “itadakimasu” for religious reasons?

So, it’s my understanding that in Japan it’s considered to be polite to say “itadakimasu” before eating. From what I’ve read, it seems that the meaning of this phrase derives from Buddhist and Shinto ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

I may have to travel to Bangalore, India for work at some point in the future. While there I may be traveling in other parts of India as well. In the past I have only traveled internationaly in places ...
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Can aircrew order me not to stand in the aisle?

It's Ramadan and I am planning to travel on British Airways, I will have to stand in the aisle for praying, is it the aircrews' right to ask/order me to go back to my seat?
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Is it wise to pretend to be Christian to safely travel through the US?

In this Economist blog it is stated: In the most religious parts of America, it is tough being a secular teenager. Many of the kids at Camp Quest say that, at school, they either keep quiet about ...
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Where on earth is this church which looks like a confused chicken?

This picture has been circulating on twitter and in the office. But it doesn't say where it is. Can anyone provide the church's location?
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Is it inappropriate to record the call to prayer?

I am currently on holiday in Marrakech, Morocco, and have found that the frequent calls to prayer from mosques throughout the day are quite a core part of life here. To record some of my experience ...
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Is it appropriate to enter a church while a chorus is performing?

On Sunday, I was walking in Zürich and came across St. Jakob Church. When I approached the door, I saw that a chorus was performing. Since there was nobody around except the people seated in the ...
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Where can I see this Darth Vader church?

Recently, I saw a picture that shows a Darth Vader bust: It seems to be a church or something similar. For me it looks like a big fake, but my friend swears that this is not photoshopped. Therefore, ...
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What is San Francisco's most famous church?

I have been to Hagia Sophia, Notre Dame and La Sagrada Familia, so I was wondering what the most famous church in San Francisco is ?
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Small Diwali gifts, from an overseas visitor in India during the festive period?

In part due to not properly checking ahead, I've just discovered that it's Diwali this weekend. I'm currently in India on a work trip, visiting a number of people in an office here. Based on ...
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How does one visit a cult leader Vissarion?

This is perhaps a strange question but I'm curious if anyone knows more about it or if there's any chance someone here has been there. Somewhere in Siberia is a religious cult leader of the name ...
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Traveling to Amish country

Am I allowed to bring my rental car into Amish country? Do they allow cameras for pictures? Will they understand what cameras are? I know it's a very agrarian area but that's about it. Is this a ...
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Do I have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican City?

Are only Catholics/Christians allowed to visit the Vatican? If not, can the non-Catholics access the same areas as Catholics?
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When will the Sistine Chapel open after the Papal Conclave?

The Sistine Chapel is now closed for visitors. When will it reopen after a pope is elected? My question is does anyone know how many days after the conclave is done, it is re-opened?
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Is it possible to avoid being sniffed by dogs at Heathrow airport and possibly other airports?

I am Muslim, getting sniffed by a dog is sort of prohibited in my religion. My family are coming to Europe next month and we are discussing all the tiny details as they haven't traveled outside their ...
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Where exactly is this cross in Hong Kong?

I was digging around for something and stumbled upon a video about Hong Kong that had footage presumably from the area. In it, there was a still with a cross with the characters 成了 (probably in ...
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How to calculate when Ramadan finishes?

I'm likely to be in Bahrain close to the the end of Ramadan this year. The problem is people are telling us different dates for when Ramadan finishes. Indeed, the most recent email I've had: they ...
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Kosher Food in Heathrow airport

I have a 4.5 hr connection in Heathrow Terminal 5 (US Passport holder) and would like to know if there is kosher food available for sale in the airport, i would go to a diffrent terminal if thats ...
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Which countries are “Muslim countries”?

In the question about drinking beer in Dubai it arose that the term "Muslim country" can be seen as one where the laws of the country are affected by the rules of the religion (like Dubai), whereas ...
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Traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan

I am contemplating traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan. Turkey seems more liberal than other Muslim majority countries, so I wonder the effect of Ramadan are during that time. Will ...
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Is it possible to visit the Vatican while wearing a Hijab?

I have read the question "Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?" carefully and I thought "the better covered the more welcomed" just like the photo suggested. However the ...
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Are there any standard clothing restrictions when visiting mosques?

I know from visiting many catholic churches that many require knees and shoulders to be covered, so dressing appropriately is essential for hassle-free travel. Are there similar rules that might apply ...
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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?

Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia? I'm not a Buddhist myself, but I sometimes see Buddhist temples when travelling. Wikipedia mentions that there's approximately 400,000 Buddhists ...
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What is the purpose of the “religion” field on the Vietnam EVisa application?

I'm filling out my EVisa application for a short trip to Vietnam and was surprised to encounter this question, and all the more so that it's required. Why am I being asked this, and does my response ...
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Is It OK to enter ancient and deserted chapels in the Russian countryside

I love the Russian countryside, it's full of dramatic vistas and unexpected surprises. Sometimes travelling about the Russian countryside you might come across ancient Russian Orthodox chapels that ...
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How can Ramadan affect my travel across Iran?

I am planning to maybe go to Iran in June 2017, either for hiking (even if I’d need some information) or cycling. If I’m not mistaken, Ramadan will be from 27th May to 27th June. As a non-Muslim, I ...
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Where is this sculpture of the ten commandments from?

I saw this picture of a group (which I blurred out) in front of a sculpture of the ten commandments on social media, and am wondering where it might be from. I might expect it either to be in the ...
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Can I visit tourist attractions while on Umrah/Hajj visa in Saudi Arabia?

If I was granted an Umrah/Hajj visa, Can I visit other parts of Saudi Arabia beside Makkah where Umrah/Hajj is performed?
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Routes on which easyjet carries Kosher food

I have been on easyJet flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv where Kosher food was available to purchase, this is not advertised on the menu or as far as I could tell online. Which routes does easyJet ...
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Kosher food on British Airways Buy on Board

British Airways no longer serves a complimentary meal in economy on short haul services, replacing it with a buy on board service. When it was complimentary it was possible to order a kosher meal in ...
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Is it possible see the interiors of the Dome of the Rock?

Is it possible to visit Dome of the Rock for non-muslim tourists these days? Last time I tried was in 2005, and back then it wasn't.
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Bosnia during Easter

I'm looking to go somewhere over the Easter Break (06/04/12 -09/04/12) where I won't be affected by shops, attractions and services such as trains closing, will I be affected by such things in Bosnia ...
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Is Morocco dangerous, in particular for a Jewish American?

I may be travelling to Morocco later this year. I am an American student (not Moroccan by birth, only by inherited citizenship) and my last name is Jewish. With Morocco: predicting a "serious ...
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Name this church in Moscow, please?

I'm trying to type up my notes of Moscow, and can't seem to find the name of this church I took a photo of. After using google image search, however, I refound a photo of it at this location so have ...
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What are these trailside monuments near Visegrád, Hungary?

There were around ten of these monuments by the side of the trail from Visegrád, Hungary, to the town's castle. I didn't see any dates or description, but the stone looked quite worn, so they're not ...
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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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Laptop/mobile device in countries with Sharia

I'm traveling to Iran and i need to bring my laptop. For western standards I do not have anything illegal on my hard drive but since I'm not familiar with the Sharia I'm a little bit paranoid. Is ...
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Finding convents and monasteries to stay in while travelling?

I'm listening to a Rick Steves podcast where they're talking about staying in convents and monasteries, especially in Europe, but what I'm wondering is - is there a website / search tool for finding ...
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From where can I see the Iglesia De Los Remedios with the volcano Popocatépetl behind it?

Ever since I saw the photo of the Iglesia de los Remedio in Cholula with the volcano Popocatépetl behind it, I wanted to see the view myself. While I will probably visit the church itself too which is ...