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The Devoted Wife – Karva Chauth

Posted on October 7, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment



When we speak about India, we think only of tradition and culture, and of the lovely festivals and traditions that rock this place all through the year. Come October 15, 2011 and it is again going to be a time of festivals, colours, traditions and a whole lot of devotion. Devotion? Yes. Because it is going to be the festival of women praying for their husbands – the festival of Karva Chauth.

This is an annual festival and it is there for a single day. All the Hindu and the Sikh women dress in their best finery and fast from sunrise till the moon is seen and they pray for the long life and success of their husbands. It is majorly celebrated in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It is usually celebrated on the fourth day after the full moon appears in the Hindu Month of Kartik. It comes after the autumnal equinox. There are also small girls who observe this fast, praying for a good husband.

Karva Chauth

This festival gives the women of India a chance to get closer to their husband’s family. The married women observe the fast and pray for the prosperity, well being and success of their husbands along with a long healthy life. It has a lot of significance culturally and socially and the entire festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.

Karva Chauth festivalMostly celebrated in North India, the festival is gaining significance with each passing year. There are products like the henna and fashionable wear which are in great demand at this time. Special dishes are also made and ordered and the festival on the whole has come to be celebrated in a grand scale. It is actually more of a fun festival.

Karva Chauth is the time when the people socialize a lot with family and near and dear ones including friends so it is the time of gifting and sharing. So a lot of home cooked meals are exchanged and gifts are given within the family. These gifts are sent from the girl’s house and is called the sargi or the baya. These gifts indicate a lot of brightness, happiness and joy in the girl’s life.

Sargi

In India, henna signifies prosperity and luck. Any function begins with the application of henna and Karva Chauth is no different. This is an age old custom in India and is predominantly an effort to bring about the best creative minds together. The intricate designs that are made on the hands and the reddening of the henna are all very much a part of the Karva Chauth celebrations. It is also believed that the more the dark the henna is, the more handsome and caring would be her husband.

Henna

Thus Karva Chauth is a long standing practice of India and it has great influence and impression on the Indian culture. It actually showcases the selfless values and the moral ethics that bind the Indian traditions together. According to Hindus, life is best achieved if we could achieve self realization through the path of fasts and traditions.

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