The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated enthusiastically in majority of Hindu Families. Falling 9 days before major Hindu Festival Diwali, Karwa Chauth is a Vrat (fast) observed by married woman praying for the welfare of their husband. This fast goes on till the Moon appears in the sky in the late evening.
On Karwa Chauth, married Hindu women observe fast from sunrise to moonrise to pray for the long life and safety of their husbands.
A married woman celebrates Karwa Chauth by observing a fast for the long life of her husband. And above all is the ‘Shringar’ that includes applying henna and adorning the bridal makeup.
A fast that ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands, the festival of Karwa Chauth provides an opportunity for all married women to get close to their in-laws. Possessing a tremendous social and cultural significance, this festival is celebrated by keeping fast, applying henna and exchange of gifts.
Karwa Chauth Celebrated mostly by North Indians, the event of Karwa Chauth is growing bigger with each passing day. Along with traditional items such as henna, beauty products and fashionable clothes, the demand of special eateries are also gearing up. Nowadays, Karwa Chauth is more of fun than a serious festival.
The festivities surrounding Karwa Chauth encourage people to gather and socialize with friends and family, exchange gifts and share home-cooked meals. The gifts exchanged on this occasion reflects joy, splendor, brightness and happiness of a married life.
Henna symbolizes luck and prosperity. Thus, decorating hand and feet by creating beautiful designs out of henna paste is one of the most common tradition on all occasion. As Karwa Chauth is meant for married woman, the significance of henna increases manifold.
A spouse is not a destination but a fellow traveller. The day seems long and the moon doesn’t show. Thirsty, hungry yet on the go. Salute Indian women for their sacrifice and love. They are an incarnation of goddesses from heaven above.
Why only married women, why not married men/unmarried lovers/boyfriends?
I think Karwa Chauth Its not only about women fasting today, Nice to see so many husbands/unmarried lovers/boyfriends do the same for their wives/girlfriends/lovers. It’s a wonderful day full of Love, Emotions & Sentiments. Shows the richness of our culture and Tradition.
This festivals strengthens the bonds between husband and wife, two lovers, two soulmates and makes them remember the promises made at the time of their marriage/relationship.
I’m fasting too for my goddess, my soulmate, my jaan, my everything.
I love & worship her more than anything, more beyond my existence. I’m fasting for the long life of her, for her safety, security, good health. A fast that ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of her. This fast (vrat) will go on till the moon appears in the sky in the late evening.
Wishing you all a very Happy Karwa Chauth
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