Heard about a beautiful tradition practiced by many tharavaads (traditional homes) in the Kerala of a bygone era. The elderly lady of the house would ensure after dinner each night, that one of the younger women go near the gate & look around for anybody who may be in need of a meal.
She would then loudly call out in Malayalam : “Athazha pattinikar indo?” (“Are there any hungry people out there?”)
She would say this once or twice & in case there was someone hungry, they would be given food.
The family which practiced this would be known in the area so there would also be the regulars waiting for a meal.
It was only after this, that the gates would be closed for the night.
What a lovely tradition.