Karwa Chauth is the most revered festival celebrated by married women in India on the fourth day of Karthik month. It is mostly celebrated in northern and western part of Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. The festival is mainly for Hindu married women who pray for health, longevity and happiness of their husbands by praying to Lord Shiva and Maa Parvathi. It is also a way for a woman to show her care, concern and love to her husband.
The Festival Puja
The festival or puja starts with the sunrise when a woman vows to not drink or eat anything until the moon shows up at night. Women come together to pray and complete all rituals wholeheartedly. It is one of the toughest fast Indian women do which can only be broken at night after seeing the moon. The fast is broken with the assistance of husbands when they make their wives drink water from the earthen pot. Here one thing is interesting to note that ‘Karwa’ actually means earthen pot which has great significance in this puja.
All women complete this fast with enthusiasm and excitement. They all wait for their husband to break their fast at night. Women generally wear red or bright sarees, lehengas and Salwar-Kameez on this day. Newly married women wear their wedding dress on this day. They are given suhaag thaali by their mother and mother-in-laws signifying acceptance, love and trust from elders.
Karwa Chauth is not merely the occasion to celebrate the husband-wife relationship, but has the scientific or logic reason as well. This festival falls on the fourth day of the Karthik month of every year, which comes after a long harvest season. People in earlier days used to get free from tiring harvest process and had enough to eat, distribute and celebrate.
Women by celebrating this day used to welcome and appreciate the hard work done by their husbands. It also brings in the importance of heavenly matters in our life. Like the Sun, the Moon is also worshipped and remembered for maintaining the balance of Earth and life of people. The moon is often linked with love and affection and many great poets have written innumerable lines about love and moon underlining the linkage between the two. Therefore, it is clear that Karwa Chauth is more than a festival. In India, even though it is the festival of married women but the fast is also kept and puja is done by unmarried girls those who wish for a handsome, pleasant and perfect life partner.
This coming Karwa Chauth celebrates the day with your loved ones and especially with your husband by completing all rituals of the Karwa Chauth Puja and praying Lord Shiva and Maa Parvathi for a happy, blessed and wonderful married life ahead. Exchange gifts and share your love and bond with your life partner. These days when men are also not behind to keep fast on this specific day, this Karwa Chauth should be the most memorable one for all of you.
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