[…] people tend to make Ramadan a month of festivities and fun time. They think that they are not answerable for the extravagance made in this month. They relish everything they eat. The result is that instead of trying to discipline themselves they end up pampering themselves. Throughout their fasts they keep dreaming about the delicious things they will eat once the fast is over. The result is that they end up learning nothing from their fasts.
To prevent such a thing from happening, it is necessary that a person should eat just enough to keep him working and not make eating the sole object of his life. Whatever is obtainable without too much of an effort should be eaten with thankfulness to the Almighty. Whatever is presented by the family should be consumed without fuss even if it is not tempting. The rich instead of overindulging themselves should give more to the needy and the poor. This is something which increases the blessings of fasting and has been commended by the Prophet (sws).
More about philosophy of fasting can be read here.
Sustained culture of consumption has brought about an unleashed spending boosterism which is one of the primary culprits responsible for recent price hike and hoarding of necessary commodities (like wheat and rice) in the month of Ramadan.
One truly wonders how religion miserably fails each year in the land of the ‘pure’.