IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 1026 - Spending a lot on celebrations is just a waste of money

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some people think that spending a lot on holding wedding parties, birthday parties and other celebrations is just a waste of money.  Others, however, think that these are necessary for individuals and the society. 

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your experience.

You should write at least 250 words.


Model Essay 1:
In the current world, most of the people like to celebrate any special occasion by inviting a lot of people. The discussion that throwing too much money to hold parties like birthday, marriage or any other special event is a debatable one, with strong logics provided by the supporters of both the views.

A few argue that the special events need to be celebrated grandly, as it happens only a few times in a lifetime. For instance, marriage is considered to occur once in a lifetime and the people want to have the memory of that event until their last breath. This is possible only when the location is well decorated and all of the friends and the neighbours are invited. By spending limited money, it is almost impossible to achieve something special which will be remembered forever. Thus it is obvious, why some people incline towards this point of view.

On the other hand, some people believe that it is not right to spend a huge amount money on personal celebrations as there are a lot of people across the globe under starvation. For example, in most of the African countries, many people do not even have food to eat for a single meal a day. In case, the money spent on celebration can be sent to the people who are really in need, definitely, a lot of life can be saved. Hence, it is clear why a few individuals refute with high spending parties.

Considering the memories of special occasions as well as starvation, spending much money for parties has been supported and refuted by many. Even though memories of some special events are important, saving human life from starvation is more important. Hence, in my opinion, it is necessary to cut down the spending on parties and spend that money for the poor people’s food.

[ Written by -  Mohammad Zuhr ]

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+1 # Anonymous 2016-07-29 15:11
We are living in a world where people have different perspectives of what happiness is and how it will be achieved, just like how to celebrate a special event in one's life - may it be a wedding or a birthday.

Some want to spend a large amount of money as they believe that these kinds of events are rare, convey special meaning to many and therefore must be celebrated grandly while others think that it is a waste of money. This essay examines both views and comes to a rational conclusion.

By spending a large amount of money many will be able to fulfil their dream wedding or dream birthday party and those events become the part of their sweet memory for many. By having the best venue, decorations, delectable food and many guests, the event will be happy and cheerful. People who believe in grand celebrations want to share their happiness to many of their family members, relatives and friends. While some of them often want to show off, many of them genuinely enjoy the celebrations.

On the other hand, there are those who prefer to have a simple celebration, maybe spend the event with a solemn dinner with the closest family members and friends and still have the best memory ever. Some of these people think that there are other things worth spending the money in like an educational plan for their future children. Often they cannot fathom the fact that there are so many others that cannot even afford to have a single meal in a day and there they are spending extravagantly on a one-time event like a wedding.

Whatever reasons we have for our celebration of special events, I believe that we deserve to have it as long as we are not spending beyond our means and humanity still lies in us so that we can still consider those who cannot afford, for as what the saying goes, happiness is best felt when we share it to those who are underprivileged.'
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+1 # A stranger 2016-01-27 12:08
Well done. Thank you for this. Mohammad Zuhr.
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0 # Tinni 2015-09-19 19:07
Currently in the world, most of the people like to celebrate any special occasion by inviting a lot of people. The discussion that throwing too much money to hold parties like birthday, marriage or any other special events is a debatable one, with strong logic provided by supporters of both views.


A few argue that the special events need to be celebrated grandly, as it happens a few times in a life time. For instance, marriage is considered to occur once in a lifetime and people want to have the memory of that event until their last breath. This is possible only when the location is well decorated and all of the friends and neighbours are invited. By spending limited money, it is almost impossible to achieve something special which will be remembered forever. Thus it is obvious why some people incline towards this point of view.


On the other hand, some people believe that it is not right to spend a huge amount of money on personal celebrations as there are a lot of people across the globe under starvation. For example, in most of the African countries, many people do not even have food to eat for a single meal a day. In this case, the money spent on celebration can be sent to the people who are really in need, definitely a lot of lives can be saved. Hence, it is clear why a few individuals refute high spending parties.


Considering the memories of special occasions as well as starvation, spending much money for parties has been supported and refuted by many. Even though memories of some special events are important, saving of human life from starvation is more important. Hence, in my opinion, it is necessary to cut down the spending on parties and spend that money for poor peoples' food.
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