We were on our usual morning stroll and one of my friends asked whether everyone have started deepavali preparations. I asked my friend if they would celebrate deepavali this year as her father had passed away only a few months back. Then she told “YES. only if it is anyone from husband’s side we wouldn’t celebrate. Since it is from my side, we have the festival”. Why this difference? My friends, why this difference? Is the grief of the lady in anyway less than that of the man? When a lady loses either of her parents will she not be grief stricken for at least some time as the man does. If someone from the husband side dies we don’t celebrate any festival till the first year anniversary is observed. But if there is a death in the lady’s family then there is no such thing that we shouldn’t celebrate the festival. Loss is loss for everyone and why such differentiation. Have they told anywhere in our Hindu Sastra that it should be like this only? And if so why at all? Pls clarify my friends.