The North Indian community settles in India and in other parts of the world to celebrate Karwa Chauth. Karwachauth is a festival that asks us to believe and celebrate the institution of marriage. All married Hindu women observe a fast that ensures the well-being and longevity of their husbands that day.
Karva Chauth Celebrations
Karvachauth, the day of fasting has become bigger and the more elaborate celebrations every passing day. Although Halwais, Mehendi and Churiawallis have always been busy on this auspicious day. But lately, the owners of beauty salons, event managers and restaurateurs have joined the movement. Various clubs organize special events on this day of the festival with stands, tambola and even dance competitions. With so much feast and added pleasure, there could not be a better quick opportunity than this one.
A typical day of Karva Chauth
On this day, women get up before sunrise. They love Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya and the moon. God's blessings are invoked for the longevity and prosperity of their husbands and children. The mothers-in-law give their daughters-in-law a food called Sargi & # 39; eat before sunrise, because fasting begins before sunrise and ends only after worshiping the moon at night.
Before the evening, the married woman receives the baya or basket full of treats from her mother, which is intended for the mother-in-law. The basket contains sweets, mathadi, fruits and a sari. In the evening, women dress in their finery. After getting dressed, she receives gifts from Karva Chauth from her stepmother. Before sunset, the chowk puja is beautifully decorated and a small platform is prepared against a wall. On this, the image of Gauri Mata or the goddess Parvati is placed. In ancient times, this image was made of cow dung.
Karwa Chauth Puja
The women sitting around this picture with their bayas. Each woman also places a karva or pitcher filled with water and seven pieces of pua in front of her. It is decorated with kharia, aipun and a little roli. A red thread is tied around the karva. At the beginning of the puja, the women apply the rola teeka to the goddess Gauri and also to themselves. With the thumb and third finger of the right hand, the water is sprinkled on the image of the goddess. The same procedure is repeated with aipun and roli. Finally, rice is shown on the picture.
An elderly woman of the family tells the legend of Karva Chauth. Women then pray for the long life and well-being of their husbands. While singing the prayers, they pass their bayas from one to the other. The waiting for the moon begins after sunset, and as soon as the moon is sighted, prayers are offered to the moon. Fasting women first watch the moon through a sieve, then break their fast. The first sip of water and the first piece of food should be offered by the husband. This is followed by a big party for all.