"What is fasting?"

Fasting is a spiritual discipline and a devotional practice in which a person willingly abstains from some or all food, drink, or both, and even sexual and other sensual activities for a period of time. Most religions use fasting for self-purification and disciplining the body to submit to the Self.

Fasting is also undertaken as a part of self-denial in an ascetic regime, in fulfillment of particular vow or simply in conformity to a specified calendar-based fast day. Mahatma Gāndhī, an Indian political leader and social reformer, used fasting as an effective tactic to exert moral pressure on his political opponents.