In India, Karwa Chauth is a significant holiday for all married women. From sunrise till moonrise, the wives fast for the security and welfare of their husbands. Although it is challenging to keep a fast going without eating or drinking anything during the day, committed wives honour and adore their husbands by adhering to these traditions. Here is everything you need to know about Karwa Chauth, including its significance and customs.
Date of Karwa Chauth 2023
The lunisolar calendar, which is the foundation of Karva Chauth, takes into account all astronomical positions, especially those of the moon, which are used as a guide to establish important dates.
The event happens on the fourth day after the full moon in October or November. This year, on Monday, October 31, it falls on. On October 31, the moon is expected to rise at 07:46 p.m.
It is said that this day fortifies a couple’s lifelong bonds. In order to celebrate this auspicious day, women usually dress traditionally, meet together, receive presents, and apply henna to their hands. This day, which represents love and devotion, is widely observed in India.
What Is Sargi? How Is The Fast Observed?
To protect their husbands’ well-being, married women rise before the sun rises and eat sargi at morning. This sargi is actually a customary dish that women receive from their mothers-in-law.
It can be thought of as a thali or as an array of different food items. The mother-in-law prepares a thali, or sargi, to bless her daughter-in-law on this auspicious day and to wish her well so that she can successfully finish the fast.
Sargis are the only item that will prevent the fasting woman from consuming any food or liquids for the rest of the day. Sargi is the name for a thali that consists of dried fruits, coconuts, vermicelli, and fruits together with sweet and savoury elements. Women often receive saris and jewellery as gifts from it.
The story of Karwa Chauth, Karwa Paath, is also listened to by women. Many single ladies also observe this fast. It’s thought that observing this fast fervently will aid them in meeting the right guy.
The majority of the day is spent breaking fast for married women, who frequently spend this time gazing at the moon through a sieve and offering it water. The first sip of water from the husband’s hand signifies the breaking of their fast as soon as the moon rises.
Why Is It Celebrated?
Do you know why people celebrate Karwa Chauth? Are you familiar with its backstory? So here’s the tale:
A woman named Karwa lived in a village and was incredibly devoted to her husband. A crocodile attacked her husband when he went to the river one day to take a bath. When he recognised that the attack would kill him shortly, he called for assistance from his wife. After hearing her husband cry, Karwa, his wife, fled to the river.
She tied the crocodile to the tree with cotton yarn. The crocodile was unable to sever her tie because of how pure and intense her love was for her husband. The “God of Death,” Yama, was then called upon by her, and she begged him to execute the crocodile and bring her husband back to life.
She warned Yama that she would curse him if he refused it. Yama fulfilled her wish since he did not want to become a victim of a loyal wife’s curse. Given her unwavering commitment to her spouse, he predicted that all married women would look up to her and rejoice on Karwa Chauth in order to ensure their husbands’ well-being.
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