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Karva/ Karwa Chauth is the popular festival celebrated by Hindu women in which married women fast from sunrise for the safety and long life of their husbands. The Karva Chauth fast is traditionally observed in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Delhi / NCR.
The festival falls on the 4th day after the full moon, in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik month. Sometimes, unmarried females also observe the strict Karva Chauth fast for their fiancés or desired husbands.
19 October / Wednesday
Karva/ Karwa is another word for 'pot' (an earthen pot) and chauth meaning ‘4th’ in Hindi (the fact is, the day falls on the 4th day of the dark-fortnight, or Krishna Paksh, of the month of Kartik). Karva/ Karwa Chauth is similar to the festivals like Haritalika Teej (celebrated yearly by the women for their husband’s prosperity, longevity and wellness, especially in UP) and Chhath (celebrated every year by the women for the same purpose especially in Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and other parts of India.
Women begin preparation for this festival a few days in advance, by purchasing cosmetics (Solah Shringar), traditional jewellery, and puja items, such as the matthi, decorated puja thali, Karva lamps, henna, etc. Women apply henna and cosmetics to each other. In the evening. Married women gather at a common place like a garden or temple and an elderly lady or the pujarin narrates the legend of Karva Chouth.
Once the Moon rises, the women see the reflection of Moon in a thali/ plate of water and offer water to the Moon and seek blessings. The successful completion of Karva/ Karwa Chauth fast ensures long life and prosperity for their husbands.
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