Karwa Chauth significant festival for married couples, is approaching on November 1. Also known as Karak Chaturthi, it involves married women observing a strict nirjala vrat (fasting without food and water) from sunrise to moonrise, praying for their husbands’ safety and prosperity.
During this day, women worship deities like Lord Ganesha, Maa Parvati, Lord Shiva, and Lord Kartikeya, breaking their fast only after sighting the moon.
Here are some essential dos and don’ts for observing Karwa Chauth:
- Wear Auspicious Colors: Women usually wear red, but other auspicious colors like yellow, green, pink, or orange are also acceptable. Avoid black or white.
- Adorn Traditional Attire: Apply mehendi (henna) a day before the festival and wear traditional clothes, mangalsutra, nose pin, bindi, bangles, earrings, and rings. These signify good luck and marital happiness.
- Sargi Ritual: Start your day with Sargi, a pre-dawn meal given by the mother-in-law containing various food items providing necessary nutrients.
- Balanced Pre-Dawn Meal: Include protein and carb-rich items in your pre-dawn meal to keep you full longer.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink ample water before fasting begins and consider fresh fruit juices. Avoid coffee and tea to prevent acidity.
- Avoid Sharp Objects: Refrain from using scissors, needles, or knives during the fast.
- Pregnant Women: Pregnant women should avoid fasting due to potential stress on their health.
- Baya Tradition: Married women send a Baya gift to their mothers-in-law, consisting of clothes, jewelry, food, and utensils. Seek blessings while offering it.
- Avoid Non-Vegetarian Food: Married women and their families should abstain from non-vegetarian food as it’s considered tamasic.
- Participate in Puja: Attend the Karwa Chauth puja, listen to the Katha (religious story) in the evening before breaking the fast. This is vital for the completion of the nirjala vrat.
Observing these customs and traditions ensures the sanctity of the Karwa Chauth fast. It’s a celebration of love and commitment, where couples come together to pray for each other’s well-being.