Sunday, September 18, 2011
Karva Chauth करवा चौथ
Karva Chauth is an annual one-day festival celebrated by all married Hindu women. They observe a fast for the long life of her husband. The festival falls on the 4th day after the full moon, in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik, following the Autumnal Equinox. Chauth means 'fourth' in Hindi 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'. It is popular amongst married women in the northern and western parts of India, especially, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. In the year 2011 Karwa Chauth is on Sunday 16th of October.
The fast of Karwa Chauth is kept 9 days before DiwaliThe fast of Karwa Chauth is kept 9 days before Diwali. All married women observes fast that ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. Todays, unmarried women also observe the fast for their fiances or desired husbands. Karwa Chauth is considered one of the most important fasts observed by the married Hindu women.