Traditions with a twist!

India is a land of rich cultural and geographical diversity. This corresponds to a variety of languages, food, clothing and traditions.

One common thread that binds all of us across the breadth of diversity is the pleasure with which we celebrate our weddings. A lot of time, planning, effort and money is put into Indian weddings. The mindset always being ” this is an event of a lifetime”, we should do our best.

Weddings in India are an elaborate affair spread over a number of days. There are elaborate ceremonies in which the same rituals are performed which have been carried forward over centuries. These rituals become the distinguishing style of the family, caste, religion or geography. This is what distinguishes a Gujarati wedding from a Marathi one.

The differences could be pretty stark but one common factor that ties most of the styles, is the wastage that is caused in terms of food at the end of it all.

Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.
—-Pope Francis

For example, tossing rice at the end of the ceremony symbolizes rain, which is said to be a sign of prosperity, fertility and good fortune. There is no doubt that in the name of tradition a lot of edible food gets wasted. This cannot be allowed when millions are starving in the country.

It is only natural that a complete stop would not be accepted but a slight tweak may be openly welcome. The following ad caught my attention and it offers a very workable solution.

Follow traditions but practice awareness !

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