Its Gen-X era now.
We seem to have broken ourselves from a lot of superstitions. But there are some which we are still holding on to.
Incident which happened recently:
A family is searching for a suitable groom. An alliance comes through some matrimonial agencies. The mother of the groom calls the girl’s parents. Both the moms speak to each other on phone. The prospective groom’s father is no more. After the basic horoscope matching, the guy and his family decide to come home, except his mom. The reason why his mom wouldn’t come is coz she is a widow and since it’s an auspicious occasion, she wouldn’t go and visit the girl, the first time.
Why are we still having such beliefs that a widow would be a bad omen?
Isn’t she the guy’s mom, without her, he wouldn’t even be existing, how can he consider her inauspicious?
Why dint the girls’ parents insist that it’s ok, and that she could come over too?
I know if I ask these questions to MIL or even mom, they are gonna say, You’ve become modern? I am pretty sure, they wouldnt know the reasons either
An old lady, if her husband is alive, is given utmost importance in any ritual as she is Sumangalee (Suhagan in hindi – not a widow). But if another lady of the same age or even elder is a widow, is considered inauspicious.
So a lady’s worth is decided by the existence of her husband?
What kind of a society is this? I am not being feminist here. But, I have a question.
In case the guy’s father was a widower. Would he also get the same treatment? Would he also be barred from certain rituals or gatherings? If they do so, I am not aware of. If it’s done, it is definitely wrong.
Most of this is done by the women themselves.
And to think of Sati system was eradicated, to give the women life after husband’s death, What a Life!!!