“Traditional” is another way of saying, “We’ve always done it this way.” It’s supposed to make you think of traditions — knowledge, beliefs, and rituals passed on through many generations.

The best traditions — fireworks, picnics, parades, birthday cake, decorative hats, etc. — are good harmless fun. If you don’t like them, you can say “No thanks” to the traditional folks and go right on with your non-traditional day.

But when your traditions start to affect people who are not you, it’s a good idea to ask yourself why you are keeping those traditions alive.

If you’re killing your daughter, cutting an infant, or making up rules about who’s allowed to get married, for example, “That’s how we’ve always done it” isn’t a good enough reason to keep doing it.

Maybe there’s a better reason. Or maybe it’s time to get some new traditions.