India is called the land of festivals. Many festivals celebrated throughout the country. One of them is Karwa Chauth. Let us discuss something about Karwa Chauth. It is a day-long fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and long life of their husbands.
When is Karwa Chauth celebrated?
The festival is basically marked on the fourth day following the Poornima in the month of Kartik. Generally, it falls in the month of October or November. This year it will be observed on the 17th of October.
How is Karwa Chauth celebrated?
It is one of the most important fast considered among Indian women. Married women keep the very tough fast to see as it starts before sunrise and ends after worshipping the moon, which usually rises at about 8.45 in the night. No food or water is to be taken after 4 a.m. or after sunrise.
This fast is kept even in modern educated homes, becoming a symbol of the emotion that a woman feels for her husband. The puja place is decorated and the fast is broken only after seeing the moon. Finally, when the moon is sighted, the wife goes out to view it. The moon is worshiped and then she turns to view her husband’s face through the pores of a strainer, praying for his long life. After performing the puja, it’s finally time for food.
During the time of worship, women wear heavy saris or chunri in red, pink or other bridal colors, and adorn themselves with all other symbols of a married woman like nose pin, tika, bindi, bangles, earrings, etc. Women also decorate their hands with Heena or mehndi.
So, how do you celebrate?