Tradition is important because it provides direction to personal relationships and human interactions in any civilized society. Respecting traditions allows a person to honor themselves and others as well.
Tradition is usually handed down from one generation to the next, providing an important connection to the past. Heritage and roots are important parts of the connection that help to give meaning to life. A tradition can be personal, and it helps to define a family. Traditions also may have more to do with the culture of a particular community or tribe. Core values, such as respect, kindness and integrity, are usually passed through families or generations.