Karwa Chauth 2018 Date: The festival is celebrated on the fourth day of the Kartik month in the luni-solar calendar. (Source: YouTube grab)
Karwa Chauth 2018 Date: Although Karwa Chauth has always been big in most agriculture-dependent regions like Rajasthan, Punjab, and western UP, Bollywood and Indian daily soaps have played a big part in romanticising and popularising it across other regions.
Married women and those reaching the marriageable age pray for the safety and long life of their husbands, fiancés or desired husbands. Decked up in fancy bridal wear, they fast during the day and eat only after the moon sighting.
The origin of Karwa Chauth can be traced back to Mahabharata when Savitri begged the god of death, Lord Yama, for her husband’s soul. Another episode in the epic talks about Pandavas and their wife Draupadi. Arjuna went to the Nilgiris to pray and meditate for a few days, worried about his safety Draupadi sought her brother Krishna’s help. He advised her to observe a strict fast just like Goddess Parvati did for her husband Shiva’s safety. Draupadi adhered to it, and soon Arjuna returned home safely.
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The festival falls on the fourth day of the Kartik month in the lunisolar calendar. It gets its name from ‘Karva’ which means earthen pots used to store wheat and ‘chauth’ means the fourth day. Women buy new earthen pots or Karwa and decorate them and put gifts like bangles, bindis and sweets inside them. On the day of Karwa Chauth, they exchange their karwas with other ladies.
Women wake up early before sunrise to observe the rituals. They begin their day with sargi – a plate full of heavy and nutritious meal which consists of ghee loaded halwa, dry fruits and fresh fruits given by their mother in laws. Following which the women observe a rigorous fast without food and even water for the entire day. It is only when the moon rises that they perform further rituals and worship the moon to break their day-long fast. Usually, husbands and fiance are expected to feed the first bite of food to their wives.
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