Sunday, July 26, 2015

Karwa Chauth , Hindu Festivals of India

Karwa Chauth is an old age ritual followed by Indian women staying in India or outside. This festival is more popular in North India. On the day of Karwa Chauth, women observe a day long fast and pray for the good health and prosperity of their beloved husbands or the would-be-husbands. This festival observed  in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
Women who observe Karwa Chauth fast, wake up before sunrise and get ready to start the fasting. According, to the Hindu customs, it is one of their most sacred fasts. The fast starts from sunrise and ends in the evening, only after seeing the Moon. Throughout the day, women do not consume any food, not even water. The main deities worshiped on this day are Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and their sons, Lord Kartikeya & Ganesha. Women worship the holy God Shiva and Goddess Parvati with ten earthen pots (Karwas) filled with sweets. Once the rituals are done, these Karwas are distributed to daughters and sisters.
The first Karwa Chauth is a very important occasion for every married women. New brides wear their bridal dresses, elegant jewelry and make up. The mother-in-law of the women observing her first Karva Chauth prepares an elaborate meal. Sargi an integral part of Karva Chauth Vrat, it includes Pheni (a sweet made by using milk and semolina), Parantha and various types of fruits and sweets.The mother-in-law then gives her daughter-in-law gifts, which can be jewelry, saree or anything that she wants.
Karwa Chauth this year celebrate in 30 October, 2015.

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