Our customs, traditions are linked to our religion, gods/goddesses to a very large extent. To such an extent that we cannot fathom any ceremony(the simplest) without the involvement of either a portrait or an idol of a god/goddess.
It's strange, isn't it? Your lifestyle is termed by the conditions provided by your religion. I out rightly refute this statement. Or should i say refuted, a thing of the past. I'm expected to put a dot on my forehead, since i follow Hinduism. More so, as my religion allows it. Whether a mark on one's forehead supplements an imaginary third eye is secondary.
Traditions keep changing. It's a thing of the past. If one starts performing a particular act, who knows, it might be regarded a custom, say, two hundred years down the line. Who knows?! Keeping this in mind, it's not obligatory on my part to follow a specific rite.
When we consider history, all major activities mainly took place within the precincts of a temple, or more precisely, in the presence of a God. That was then. Can we depart from this relation? On the other hand, don't we have the liberty to do this, since we are bound by our religion and it's ways?
A believer cannot be a non-traditionalist. Or can she/he digress on the latter half of the previous sentence. All of us are aware of this, to start new in the name of religion, initially is blatantly repelled. A non-traditionalist is a non-believer, without a second thought.