In Amritsar, India, up to 100,000 meals are served every single day of the year at the Golden Temple’s kitchen, that never closes.
This is the largest community kitchen, serving tons of food on daily basis. The food is never short, all are welcome, and no one is ever charged. The budget is entirely donated in advance, anonymously, out of a sense of religious obligation. The crowd is around 150,000 on holy days for this Sikh temple.
In a society still heavily influenced by a class system, this is a place where all people are considered equal. From the volunteers to the diners, no matter what religion or socioeconomic background, sit together and enjoy the same meal. The langar embodies the ideal of equality and thus has always been more than just a place to eat for free.