No, the tradition should continue. It has to be ! It is not the question of being a burden to the people and to the society as a whole. Instead, we need to look upon this issue with different vision. Dashain is a religious festival which comes only once in a year. Our society needs a good family get-together time which is the very essence of Dashain. People get a chance once a year to re unite with their entire family and relatives during this precious occasion.
My point of argument is this: Dashain is the very reason for the entire people to re unite with their loved ones. It is the only reason which assures everybody to work hard, earn money and spend a few beautiful weeks and spend some quality time with their loved ones. Yes, people spend a lot of money shopping, having fun, and exchange "dakshina" with each other. It may look being spendthrift, extravagant and Dashain may appear to be a burden to the poor. But it is not the point. And why should not they do that? Imagine how the world would look like being with a festival like Dashain ? What, in essence, then is the life to live ? Why should anyone work hard after all ? For what ? No, I can't imagine a beautiful world without Dashain. Dashain, is the very essence of our life. It is the only reason which gives hope. A hope of betterment. A desire to work hard. It is the very breath of life itself ! It is because of Dashain, that people work so hard to earn money! They work hard so that they could spend money and see those precious and beautiful smiles on their children's faces. And thats why people take loans if needed be!
Without Dashain, the life will become dull and boring. Nothing to inspire people for their betterment. The Society will fall apart ! The old people will suffer the most! And the young and the children alike ! There won't be any reason for them to reunite! And why would there be? Why should anybody buy an expensive ticket to fly back to far off place and meet a dying fellow ? No, I cannot imagine a better world without Dashain. Dashain is the very reason for the Humanity to survive. It is the very reason for the people to work hard so that they can spend their hardly earned money to gain happiness and bring smiles on the faces of their mothers, fathers and grandpas. It is an art of life. It is a gesture, an indication of love. It is way to express to the loved ones that "Thank You".. Thank you mom, that you gave birth to me! Thanks dad, for being there all the times! It is an expression, a way to say thank you to the existence! Thanks lord, that you let me live!
May the world be full of Dashain, may every home be filled with food, money and happiness, may everybody get some valuable time to spend with their loved ones, may all get peace, may all achieve the essence of birth, and may all find godliness that lies in ones heart inside! Amen! Jay Bhawani !
Happy Dashain and Deepawali !