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In my ancestory, no one celebrates Diwali. The reason for this is given that a long time ago a female member died on the day of Diwali. In the Garud Purana, there is description about period of Sutak for different castes, and also it is written that festivals/occassions should be avoided till one year after death of a male member and till one month in case of female member. I didn't believed this rule of never celebrating a festival again if someone dies on that day. It's easy to prove something written in texts, but we can't disprove something that's not mentioned. I found that something related to this is written in the Atri Smriti:

There is no sin, if any intervening impurity, consequent on a birth or death, takes place, in the celebration of a marriage, festivity, or a sacrifice, determined upon before. So Atri has said.

Atri Smriti

This partly disproves the notion I described above but not completely. Are there any other statements like these in other smritis also?

  • There can NOT be any permanent sutaka on any family so far as I know.Its just custom may be because of some severe shock – user17294 May 2 at 17:22
  • Yes I know that. But the lack of 'exact' knowledge about anything creates misconceptions. And that's why I am searching for ways to disprove this. – baba May 2 at 17:30

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