Hello all, first please note that I am not Hindu or belong to any religion. I am here to ask some questions out of curiosity and not to judge or condemn anyone. I am seeking facts rather than opinion so if anyone can help me clarify some things it will be greatly appreciated.

Here in NY I am among lots of Hindus as my mom and some relatives, some neighbors and friends are Hindus also. I think I am seeing that Western Hindus might be different than Hindus in India in their beliefs and practices. if I remember correctly one Hindu gentleman years ago had said if you are a westernized hindu then you are not hindu, or something to that effect.

Anyway guys, what I would like to know is facts from the Hindu Holy books on these issues.

I have cousins who started fasting from meat only on Thursdays and they said things started getting better for them when they started doing this. We had tenants who were hindus who would fast from meat most days of the months yet they always had problems. Then when coming to any religious occasions I notice that all Hindus have different amount of days that they fast from meat so my question to this is, is there a standard set of days a Hindu is supposed to fast before and during religious occasions or is this up to the individual, what does the hindu holy books say about this please? Thanks.