What do religious practices lead one to?Our forefathers had possibly seen the emerging world and the bane of excessive commercialism. They would not have forecasted the advent of the IT revolution, but they would have possibly felt that one day, every human being associated with the most modern technology, will lose control over themselves and then break up all relationships.
To control this trend and enable a certain amount of peace in families, verious religious practices were encouraged. For example, the Navarathri festival is celebrated wtih a religious fervor that cannot be seen anywhere in the world. The Durga Pooja in West Bengal is something similar. Among other others, such religious practices help people shed egos at least to some extent. There is every possibility that people are a little more concerned about one another's suffering and would even share their wealth with others. The mass feeding on some festival is possibly a step in this direction. A semblence of unity among people and a lot of joy can be often seen.
I have seen this in the villages of the lovely town called Pollachi, neear Coimbatore. During festival time, relatives and friends of at least ten families come together. They might have settled in UK or the USA, but the ten days of relaxation and life at a leasurily pace is something that has to be seen to be believed. Possibly, the same exists elsewhere too.
Members may share their own experiences with similar festivals. I think the wider context of love for fellow human beings and the urge to serve others is one common theme that is common to these festivals and religious practices,