Karva Chauth –a day for love
Karwa chauth , a well known fast among Indians, on which Hindu married women observe a fast for full day . On this day the women pray for the welfare and long life for their loving husbands. Karva means clay pot where chauth stands for fourth , so this auspicious day falls on Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the Hindu month of Kartik. According to the Hindu calendar the fast is kept 9 days before Deewali.
On this day 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 .
During this festival, jewellery, clothes and gifts are received from both the woman’s mother-in-law and mother. All married women wear wedding day outfits once again and apply mehndi on palm. This is the best time to meet friends and relatives and exchange gifts. During this festival parents send various gifts to their married daughters. Hindu married women enjoy the company and companionship of relatives and friends.
They can drink water only after seeing the rising full moon. Without seeing a moon, it is considered that the fast is incomplete and no women can drink water or eat anything. Karwa Chauth fast completes only when a woman sees a rising full moon with chalani having lighting ghee diya.Only after giving Arghya to moon, and she drinks water from the hand of her husband.
After breaking fast women take meal with their husband, friends and family. she prepares some special dish for her husband and seeks his blessings. Taking meal completely depends on the individual or family traditions.
This time we Healthy wellthy group members are celebrating karva chauth by making a red colour dish for our loved one. I stick to strawberry Daiquiri as after fasting, nothing can give a refreshment feel but a beverage. Strawberry daiquiri can be prepared without any much effort and can give you a instant refreshed feel. This is non alcoholic , carries less sugar and its soothing red colour will give you a romantic feel on the day of karva Chauth.