Lunch, traditionally the second meal of the day after breakfast, is a midday meal whose size and composition can greatly differ based on the cultural context. The terms ‘lunch’ and ‘luncheon’ originally referred to a small meal that could be eaten at any time of the day or night. However, during the 20th century, these terms evolved to specifically denote a small to mid-sized meal consumed around midday.
In some cultures, lunch is considered the primary meal of the day, with significant preparation and a wide variety of food, while in others, it’s often a lighter meal consisting of sandwiches, salads, or leftovers from the previous evening. Lunch serves as an important break in the day’s activities, providing necessary nourishment and energy for the afternoon’s tasks. In the context of social and work gatherings, lunch can also facilitate networking and a shared sense of community.