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Karwa Chauth is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women seeking the longevity, well-being and prosperity of their husbands. It is popular amongst married women in the northern and western parts of India. Unmarried young girls also celebrate this festival to seek blessings in hope to find a good husband.

The Time:
This festival comes 9 days before Diwali, on the fourth day of the new moon immediately after Dussehra, in the month of ‘Karthik’ (October-November).

The Meaning:
The term ‘Chauth’ means the ‘fourth day’ and ‘Karwa’ is an earthen pot with a spout – a symbol of peace and prosperity – that is necessary for the rituals. Hence the name ‘Karwa Chauth’.

The Ritual:
Married women keep a strict fast and do not take even a drop of water. They get up early in the morning, perform their ablutions, and wear new and festive raiment. Shiva, Parvati and their son Kartikeya are worshiped on this day along with the 10 ‘karwas’ (earthen pots) filled with sweets. The Karwas are given to daughters and sisters along with gifts.

The Fast:
It is the most important and difficult fast observed by married Hindu women.It begins before sunrise and ends only after offering prayers and worshiping the moon at night. No food or water can be taken after sunrise. The fast is broken once the moon is sighted and rituals of the day have been performed. At night when the moon appears, women break their fast after offering water to the moon.

The Custom:
In the evening, women dress up in special clothes, usually a red or pink sari or ‘lehenga-choli’ with gold woven ‘zari’ patterns. New brides often wear their bridal costume. <u>All deck up in jewelry and wear henna patterns especially on the hands</u>. Fasting women from all over the neighborhood gather in a group and narrate mythological stories that underscore the significance of Karwa Chauth. And, of course, all wives expect lavish gifts from their husbands.

_Took this shot of henna design on my sister’s hands_.


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  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful photograph, and your discription is great. Thank you

  • Thank you for your comment Norval, glad you like it:)

    – manumint

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandalmost 5 years ago

    wow very lovely!

  • Thanks Rita:)

    – manumint

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaalmost 5 years ago

    wow fantastic

  • Thanks Bro:)

    – manumint

  • Richard  Stanley
    Richard Stanleyalmost 5 years ago

    This is a great post – interesting and informative – thanks.

  • Thanks Richard, glad you like it:)

    – manumint

  • HansBellani
    HansBellanialmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Manu

  • Thanks Hans:)

    – manumint

  • cyclops
    cyclopsalmost 5 years ago

    thts amazing capture dear frnd, was it yesterday i.e. 7th?

  • Thanks for your comment, yes it was celebrated yesterday:)

    – manumint

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful!
    Great one, presented so well too.

  • Thanks Indrani:)

    – manumint

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks Antanas:)

    – manumint

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryoralmost 5 years ago

    nice shot… be nice if women could have a festival to celebrate their own achievments mind… but this is lovely all the same

  • Thanks for for your visit to my page and for your comment Juilee:)
    I agree with your comment, but over the years this traditional festival have changed a lot and this festival now truly represent women empowerment in India, celebrating woman’s role in every sphere of life.

    – manumint

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryoralmost 5 years ago

    that is wonderful to hear… and the henna tatto’s are just so beautiful… sharing photo’s and stories like this and then being able to chat about them really are wonderful … it lets us all grow in understanding and appreicate different things…. thanks for sharing……:)

  • Thanks Juilee:) i’m glad that you like both the image and the story associated with it. I always love to capture festivals and sharing stories associated with the festival to make the viewer understand the festival and rituals associated with it, and i always enjoying seeing wonderful pics of culture & festivals of different countries here on redbubble, and as you said-“it help us all grow in understanding and appreciate different things”:)

    – manumint

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