Some weird traditions and rituals in our societyWe have some weird customs, traditions and rituals in our society which are considered as mandatory on every individual/ family to be followed and one of them is the feast of death. When someone dies in a family then it's the duty of the members of the deceased to hold a gala feast wherein people are invited to enjoy the free repast of death. I have discarded this reprehensible ritual a long time ago. I ask the people to discard this ill practice but I see them helpless to continue because they have already taken the meal in other homes too, so they are obliged to feed other people on death in their family. I see it a vicious cycle and all of us are enmeshed in it. Lately, I came to know about a widow who spent all her saved money and jewellery on the treatment of her husband but her husband had died. She told a few people that she had no money to feed people on Teeja (feast of death on the third day). Her statement was transmitted to other people of the village and then Head of the village called her and asked her to sell her home or field to hold Teeja and she had no option, so she sold her home and arranged the feast for people. Now she is staying in her own home on rent.
You may call it an exceptional case but my point is what is the logic to arrange a feast for people on death. If we think that spending money will benefit the deceased then we can spend this amount on pauper instead of feeding well-off people or we can imbibe onus of education of a poor student.
What is your opinion about this issue?