Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 7 - Chapter 1 - Verse 4


देशकालोचितश्रद्धाद्रव्यपात्रार्हणानि च ।सम्यग्भवन्ति नैतानि विस्तरात्स्वजनार्पणात् ॥ ४ ॥


deśa-kālocita-śraddhā-dravya-pātrārhaṇāni casamyag bhavanti naitānivistarāt sva-janārpaṇāt


If one arranges to feed many brāhmaṇas or relatives during the śrāddha ceremony, there will be discrepancies in the time, place, respectability and ingredients, the person to be worshiped, and the method of offering worship.


Nārada Muni has prohibited unnecessarily gorgeous arrangements to feed relatives or brāhmaṇas during the śrāddha ceremony. Those who are materially opulent spend lavishly during this ceremony. Indians spend especially lavishly on three occasions — at the birth of a child, at marriage and while observing the śrāddha ceremony — but the śāstras prohibit the excessive expenditures involved in inviting many brāhmaṇas and relatives, especially during the śrāddha ceremony.