Festival Diaries : Karwa Chauth Rituals & Customs

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I know it's bit late to tell you about this special day of married ladies, but I cannot skip to share with you the perfect beautiful Indian attire of Aarushi. It was her 1st Karwachauth and the pictures will speak itself the strong bond of love between them. Now let me introduce to the highly enriched cultures and festivals of Indians
Karwa Chauth is one of the most popular festival specially for married women.It is celebrated in different ways depending on the region where a person lives. Though the festival is much popular in Northern and Western Indian states.It is the most important and difficult fast observed by married Hindu women. (Unmarried women, widows, and spinsters are barred from observing this fast.) Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and their son Kartikeya are worshiped on this day along with the 10 'karwas' (earthen pots) filled with sweets.
It is uncertain to determine how festivals have originated but yes there are some hypothetical stories behind this.It has been started from Military persons, as they usually stay away from home, also around the time of the festival, so women started to keep fast to pray for their safety.

There is another story about the origin of this festival. Earlier, girls were married at teenagers, it is very difficult to go and live with in-laws in very remote village.If she faces any problem with them, there would be no one with whom she can share her problem.Telephones,buses and trains were not heard of in those days.Once the girl left her parent's home for in-laws, she might not be back before long.

Thus the custom started that, at the time of marriage, she would be accompanied with another girl of her same age, treated as a god-sisters or god-friends.Their friendship was  sanctified through a small Hindu ceremony during the marriage and that girl was also married into the same village.They would treat each other like real sisters. During any issues in their married life, involving even with husband, they can discuss with each other and find a solution.Thus Karva Chauth started as a festival to celebrate this special bond of friendship between the brides and their god-friends .

This festival comes 9 days before Diwali. The term 'Chauth' means the 'fourth day' and 'Karwa' is an earthen pot with a spout - a symbol of peace and prosperity - that is necessary for the rituals. Hence the name 'Karwa Chauth

The notion of praying and fasting for the husband came much later,but husbands would always be associated with this festival, because the day of starting this friendship between two god-sisters was essentially the day of bride's marriage to him.

These were the stories associated with this fast but the important aspect of Karwa Chauth is that a dawn to dusk fast is undertaken by the ladies and they finally break the fast after seeing the moon.The fast is unique in itself because nowhere in this whole world does a wife go without food or water just to pray for the long-life and well-being of her husband. 

On this auspicious occasion, two most popular gifts that are certain to be gifted to the ladies who observes the fast are 'Sargi' and 'Baya'. Sargi is basically the gift of scrumptious meals, sweets and clothes presented to the woman on the occasion of the Karwa Chauth day which is to be consumed early in morning (which includes Vermicelli Pudding, Parathas, Mathris) on Karwa Chauth while Baya or Bayana  includes gifts for the mother-in-law, which is ideally a sari.

In principle, elderly woman in the house is supposed to narrate the story of Karwa Chauth before the fast is terminated.The women who observe this festival are called “Saubhagyavati” meaning “joyous and happy status of "wifehood.”For a newly wed couple, the festival is celebrated with immense pomp and enthusiasm.

Women dress up in special clothes during this festival. A pink or red sari with a gold woven pattern is worn by many women in the evening. New brides will wear their wedding costumes.All deck up in jewelry and wear 'mehndi' or henna patterns especially on the hands. Decorative 'bindis' on the forehead are a must for all women. Fasting women from all over the neighborhood gather in a group and narrate mythological stories.

But now a days this festival has  become a fashion symbol in modern era. Special eateries for the day of Karwa Chauth are prepared.Most restaurants have special menus.Different clubs organize many special events on this festival with various bumper tambola, stalls and even a dance competition. With so much feasting and fun added to it, fasting had never been so good before. 

All husbands reward their wives with a wonderful present for observing such a difficult fast for your well being, happiness and long life.One can choose from a variety of gifts that is a token of love that they both share. So, you should send her the most beautiful and precious gift on the occasion of Karwa Chauth.
The fast of Karwa Chauth truly sets the merry tone of the fun and frolic, festivity and feasting that come in good measure during Diwali — the biggest festival of the Hindus.

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Creative Khadija said...

So beautiful :) Glad to find your blog through link up.
Asian culture & festivals are colorful :)
Thanks for sharing your beautiful outfit.

Kerry said...

What a gorgeous sari! Thanks for sharing your culture with us. I live in a town in Massachusetts that's 20-30% Asian, many of whom are from India. Always fun to learn more about the culture of my fellow citizens. :)

willfullyelegant said...

You look stunning in the gorgeous red lehenga!! Happy Karwachauth and Diwali to you :)

Kimberly said...

You look absolutely beautiful.

Storybook Apothecary said...

what a beautiful ritual and how nice to have a sister to discuss all your troubles with! Lovely dress as well - thanks for sharing this with us!

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Something Crunchy Mummy said...

Beautiful! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

fabulosa said...

What a beautiful dress, and how interesting is that story. Thanks, following,pinning and coming from The Crafty Nook link pty.

Rocket Looks said...

Thanku so much Creative Khadija, Indian people and their lives are very lively and colourful.
Thanku so much Kerry, it's great to know that you love exploring different cultures.
Thanku so much wilfully elegant, Kimberly, something crunchy for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Ohh great, Thanku Fabulosa for liking my post.
Will surely head on to your blog Cary, by the way thanks for appreciation.

Sydney Fashion Hunter said...

Hi Ritu Great post. Hope you get time time to come an join my link up this week :)


Rocket Looks said...

Thanks @sydney fashion hunter