Karwa Chauth is a famous festival celebrated by Hindu women from the Indian Subcontinent on the fourth day after Purnima in the month of Kartika.
This festival falls 10 days after Dussehra and married women pray and fast during this day. Performing the rituals and fasting on this day is believed to bring in good health and long life for their partners.
Karwa Chauth is considered even more special and celebrated in a grand manner when you are a newlywed bride. During this festival, married women in the house observe lent, wear new dresses and jewellery and wait for the moon to appear in the skyIndian festivals are full of colour and lights and this festival saves up all the glam to the daughters-in-law of the house. Along with the rituals and fun, there are a lot of essential elements considered as a must to have at home and often people keep everything ready even before they start to fast. Let's have a look at the essentials of Karwa Chauth.
Sieve is the most important and must element during a Karwa Chauth. It is a custom to look at the moon through the sieve and then see your beloved husband through the same.
Sargi is an earthen pot filled with food items given to the married women by their mothers-in-law after breaking their fast by drinking water offered to them by the husbands. It is usually filled with dry fruits, sweets, fried potatoes and similar food items.
Baya is a gift returned to these mothers-in-law from the bride who took the lent. Jewellery, clothes, sweets and earthen vessels are some usual gifts for baya.
Mehendi is another most important thing on Karwa Chauth.
Mehendi or henna is the symbol of ‘Suhag'. So, every married woman applies mehendi on her hands, arms and feet. Designs for mehendi are also selected with much care to be at their best on the festival day.
- Jewellery and clothes
Long back, women used to dress up in their weddings attire on this day. But these days, people prefer other sarees and designer dresses.
This marks a symbol of happiness and prosperity.
On Karwa Chauth, the moon is being worshipped and the fast is broken with water. Karva is a vessel that contains water that is kept on the puja thali. It is also a custom for your husband to make you drink the first drop of water.
- Earthen Lamps
Small earthen lamps are required to keep on the Puja Thali for doing the aarti. It is also a symbol of light fighting the dark obstacles from your life.
"May the moonlight flood your life with happiness, joy, peace and harmony"