Karwa Chauth 2017 - Karva Chauth Festival
The festival of Karwa Chauth 2017 date is 8th October. Karwa Chauth is one of the most important festivals in Indian culture in which a wife prays for the wellness of her husband. The fast observed by married women on the occasion of Karva Chauth is meant to be one of the toughest fasts. According to the Hindu Lunar Calendar the date for Karwa Chauth is always the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in Kartik month. It is observed nine days before Diwali.
The aura of the festival Karwa Chauth is increasing rapidly and most of women in Sikhism also celebrate it. Karva Chauth is celebrated once in a year and usually falls in the month of October or rarely in November. It is believed that this fast blesses a woman with the long and happy life of her husband. This festival gives strength to the bond of love between married couples as they realize the value of each other's life.
Celebration of Karva Chauth
The celebrations and preparations for the festival Karva Chauth will begin even before the festival. The day of Karwa Chauth is solely dedicated to the love relationships and women do their best to make it an everlasting memory. The shopping of items such as cosmetics, dresses, jewellery and things meant for worshipping purpose keeps going on. The festival of Karwa Chauth is a beautiful blend of rituals, the faith of people and also the captivating methods of celebrating it. Women receive 'Sargi' before the festival that is sent by their mother- in- laws. In some regions of the country, women wake up before the sunrise and eat their sargi and some eat it a day before. It is believed that this helps them in keeping a day long fast without water. The women usually spend their time of the day in dressing up and applying henna on their hands. The day of Karwa Chauth is enjoyed to its fullest by all the women and they fast for the love they have for their husband not just because of any ritual.
By of the evening of the Karwa Chauth, all the ladies get dressed up beautifully. Small events are held in several regions of the country in which women get together and perform the rituals together. They sing songs related to Karwa Chauth and also hear the story of Karwa Chauth from anyone older or even a priest. After listening to the story of Karwa Chauth women worship and also offer food offerings to the idols of Almighty. The fast of the Karva Chauth starts with the sun rise and completes with the moon rise. The most important ritual of the fast of Karwa Chauth is watching the reflection of the moon and the husband in a vessel filled with water. Once the moon appears, women worship and see the face of their husband through sieve. Only after performing all these rituals women take water and eat food and the first bite is always taken from the hands of husbands.
Legend behind Karva Chauth
To celebrate Karva Chauth one should also know about the legend behind festival of Karwa Chauth. The festival of Karwa Chauth is a combination of many stories. Women hear any one such story and pray for the long life of her husband. One such story of Karva Chauth is there was a girl who was the only sister of seven brothers. They all loved her a lot. She was married and she observed the fast for the longevity and wellness for her husband. The brothers were so touched and they couldn't see their sister having no food. In the evening, they planned a trick through which they convinced their sister that the moon has appeared whereas, while in real it hadn't. Innocent girl performed all the rituals and as soon as she started eating her food, her husband died.
This news made her extremely sad and she kept on crying. She worshipped hard and her prayers forced Goddess to appear in front of her. The goddess told her that she was tricked and must observe the fast with utter devotion again. The girl kept the fast again and with pure heart and performed all the rituals again. Like this, she saved the life of her husband.
There might be many variants present regarding the story of Karwa Chauth but the essence of all the stories is same. All the stories narrate the passion of a woman for her husband and even death can't beat that love and affection. We hope that Karwa Chauth will bless you and your husband with longer and happier life. Happy Karva Chauth..!!