Food is one of the essential elements of all marriages in India; obviously other than the religious rituals required to seal the heavenly bond. It is rare to witness wedding ceremonies without dinner or lunch being served; this is true not only for India but also for other various other countries. If you are rich then there is less to worry about but if you are not then you are bound to suffer from sleepless nights; assuming that you are getting married.
My concern however is not whether you can afford to serve ‘food’ to your guests at a wedding or not but the fact that in a poor family can we really afford to waste food in marriages. Some people in India go to sleep without food almost every day; the poverty line is deeply embedded in the fabric of the society. There are only 60% families in my country that can happily eat three meals a day and sleep without worrying about the next day.
|Food wastage in Indian marriages|
Marriages in India are generally lengthy and do not end in one day; there are different celebrations and cultural rituals that include food as an essential element. Imagine having one week or even 3 days of festivities that include feeding the guests and if you compare the food eaten with the quantity of food wasted by the same guests; the result will be equal or the latter will gain the upper hand.
My concern is conservation of food wastage so that the same essential and basic commodities can be used to help out the poor and needy who are in abundance in India. It is not strange that a country where people are willing to commit crimes and sleep on an empty stomach; a considerable portion of the population is willing to spend an ample amount on wasting food in marriages. It is my personal observation and those who are familiar with my country will agree that the amount spent on serving food in marriages is enough to feed several families for at least a month.
Some people indulge in ‘showing off’ while others do it for the sake of ‘family honor’ but we all have seen how guests fill their plates and leave half of it in the waste bins. There are different solutions that may lessen the effect of this so called social evil; one is that at the end of the ceremony all the left over food can be preserved and then distributed among the poor and the needy. There are other possibilities too; we can curtail our food dishes and give the same amount in charity to those who need it for sustaining their lives.
If we still want to serve our guests with food at marriage ceremonies than perhaps having a one dish menu is also a feasible solution. This can considerably lighten the burden on those who take loans to feed those mouths who are already filled and if you are luckily rich then you can use the same money to help a family to self support itself. This is all a matter of choice and if we want to eradicate poverty; stopping food wastage in marriages is one good thing to begin with.