The situations matters a lot, where you live, what time you eat, do you depend on hotels or cook ,are you in a hurry . You can't say oh it's Mahalayam I won't eat onion and garlic !!! They would be like , that's at your home not here babe .
There are many things that I can't follow but this year as it's possible , I mean the situations are favoring me I am thinking on following the ritual .
What I think ? My mom and dad will never tell me don't eat this, don't eat that . Did god tell you ? No .
But when it comes to rituals it's better not to dig on it too much . Follow if you can or else don't . Simple .
Thought of a sharing the story behind those 15 days .
The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna, when he left the mortal coil, ascended to the higher worlds and the great charity he had done here was returned to him hundredfold. But, it was all gold and silver; there was no food, as he had not done any food-charity! He prayed to the god of death. So, he was sent back to earth for fourteen days, to make up for this deficiency.
For fourteen days, he fed Brahmins and the poor, and offered oblations of water. On his return to the higher regions, he had food in plenty. It is these fourteen days that are commemorated in the Mahalaya Paksha. Due to the grace of the god of death, it has been ordained that offerings made during this period benefit all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.
I love Karnan ! I agree with him . Offerings are far better than living without onion and garlics:)
P.S - Believes differ for every human !
If I believe i do it properly or else I don't .