You may call me antisocial when I say I don't particularly like the Chinese Vegetarian (kin jay) Festival now in progress. But for some reason, I'm frustrated because most regular restaurants either take time off during the festival or serve only meat-free meals. I'm forced to eat synthetic meats if I don't cook myself. Even if I cook, the prices of vegetables are no longer affordable, having doubled or tripled thanks to the rise in demand.
More importantly, I simply don't understand the goal or what the practitioners of this annual food fare are trying to achieve.
If the festival is a period where one is supposed to make merit by not killing animals for food and purify their spirits, simplify their lives and become healthier by not eating meat, what's the point of the festival in these modern times?
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