Karva Chauth: Fasting in fashion

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KarwaChauthCelebration-4From the ideal ‘bahus’ of daily TV soaps to the glamourous daughters-in-law of Bollywood, Karva Chauth is an extremely popular festival amongst the married bunch, who see it as a time to bond with one another. The celebrations begin a day before with mehendi nights and culminate the next day with a grand feast amongst close family and friends, after a peek at the moon. This auspicious day is observed with enormous enthusiasm across the country and amongst Indians who are overseas. According to many women, it is also a great occasion to dress in their best traditional designer outfits and flaunt some shimmering and diamond jewellery. Married tinsel town celebrities like Sonali Bendre, Shilpa Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Twinkle Khanna to name a few, are known to dress up in traditional fineries and get together fun filled evening of festivities. Like them, a of women host pre Karva Chauth parties where they indulge in music, dance and games cards, karaoke, quizzes etc. Femail catches with a few ladies who share their experience.From the ideal ‘bahus’ of daily TV soaps to the glamourous daughters-in-law of Bollywood, Karva Chauth is an extremely popular festival amongst the married bunch, who see it as a time to bond with one another. The celebrations begin a day before with mehendi nights and culminate the next day with a grand feast amongst close family and friends, after a peek at the moon. This auspicious day is observed with enormous enthusiasm across the country and amongst Indians who are overseas.
According to many women, it is also a great occasion to dress in their best traditional designer outfits and flaunt some shimmering and diamond jewellery. Married tinsel town celebrities like Sonali Bendre, Shilpa Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Twinkle Khanna to name a few, are known to dress up in traditional fineries and get together fun filled evening of festivities. Like them, a of women host pre Karva Chauth parties where they indulge in music, dance and games cards, karaoke, quizzes etc. Femail catches with a few ladies who share their experience.
Karva Chauth Rituals
Fasting is the most important part of Karva Chauth celebrations which the married women observe after the sun rises. Women on this day fast throughout the day for the longevity of their husbands and also for their marital bliss and take a break from their daily household chores. In the morning women prepare for their evening puja by decorating their thali and adorning themselves in traditional dresses like saris, lehengas or salwar kameez.
The evening puja is another important ritual of Karwa Chauth. All the married women gather in the compound before sunset between 4 and 5pm where according to the tradition a two -inch tall idol of Goddess Gauri is made using wheat flour and the ladies sit in a huge circle encircling the idol. Ladies sing the Karva Chauth song and pass their thalis around and listen to the Karva Chauth story. After the puja the young married ladies touch the feet of older ones and seek their blessings for a happy married life.
Special Ritual at Moon Rise
After the Karva Chauth puja is over, women wait for the moon to rise so that they can end their fasts. Once the moon is sighted by one of the family members women carry their puja thali and a sieve and see the moon through this sieve and offer rice and water to the moon praying for the long life of their husbands after which they break their fast by drinking water. Once the Karwa Chauth fast is broken sweets are eaten to celebrate the successful culmination of the fast and then the feast begins.

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