Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends out there! This is 11:30pm. 23rd October, 2013, Wednesday in India. After a long time, I’m here for you! How are you my friends? I was busying in last weeks for many festivals. You know, that in India, we have so many festivals in October-November months. Actually, we, Indians have huge festivals in all over the year than others! Today, we have celebrated Karva Chauth, a festival specially for married women. I’m going to share some story about it.
Karwa Chauth is a festival that provides an opportunity for all married women to get close to their in-laws. All married women observe fast that ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. This Hindu festival has a cultural and social significance and all Indians celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm.
The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated mostly by North India. This event is growing bigger with each passing day. In addition to the 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.
Karva Chauth is a one day festival when devoted Hindu wives carry out auspicious rituals for the well being of their husbands. They fast the whole day without taking any food or water in order to show their devotion and readiness to suffer for their husbands and to ensure the long life of their husbands. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karva Chauth Katha (the legend). The fast is broken after sighting the moon.
That evening, they are dressed in their finest, including jewelry and henna in preparation for the sighting of the moon. Married women worship Lord Shiva and His family including Lord Ganesha and break the fast only after sighting and making the offerings to the moon. The fasting of Karwa Chauth is strict and observed without taking any food or even a drop of water after sunrise till the sighting of the moon in the night, within sight of their husband. Then, they take the first bite of food and water from their husband. This should be followed by a special meal that has been prepared just for this event.
Well, that’s all for today. Take care of your family and yourself. Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.
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