Would a Jew be allowed to partake in the festivities of Nowruz which involves 7 haft-seen, 7 different foods that each symbolize a different divinity?

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    I took the liberty of editing in a link to the question. If you want to change this or anything else in your question, just edit it. – mevaqesh May 16 '16 at 3:22

There appear to be multiple issues here

  • Nowruz appears to be a religious ceremony (Wikipedia: "remains a holy day for Zoroastrians") and a Jew is forbidden to participate in non-Jewish religious ceremonies

  • one of the seven foods of Haft-Seen is vinegar: if it is made from grapes, vinegar (doubly so in the context of a religious ceremony) is not kosher if (1) not certified or (2) handled by non-Jews

  • the other dishes, assuming some at least are cooked (like the pudding in the title of your question), would also not be kosher unless specifically prepared according to the laws of kashrut

As always for specific situations you should CYLOR

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  • I dont see anything in the link about wine that is not certified being prohibited. – mevaqesh May 16 '16 at 5:06
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    "and a Jew is forbidden to participate in non-Jewish religious ceremonies" Since this seems to be the crux of the question, some sources would be appreciated. What is the prohibition, what are its parameters, etc. – mevaqesh May 16 '16 at 5:08
  • @mevaqesh the link was because "wine merely touched by a non-Jew is forbidden by Rabbinic decree" – mbloch May 16 '16 at 5:08
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    @mevaqesh yes it is source-less and correct – mbloch May 16 '16 at 5:10
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    @mbloch It's actually a matter of dispute. Some authorities think at least some modern grape processing facilities are so automated that there is no problem because the grape stuff get pasteurized before anyone touches it. – Double AA May 16 '16 at 5:12

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