Traditional and Contemporary Style of Karwa Chauth Celebration
Posted on : 27th August 2009
Karwa Chauth is celebrated as a grand festival amongst the entire North Indian community settled either in India and other parts of the world. The festival falls on the Kartik ki Chauth which means the fourth day of the wanning moon or dark fortnight of Hindu month of Kartik. According to English calendar, the month corresponds to October or November. The festival is comes about nine days before the festival of Diwali.
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.
Spiritual and Religious Significance
Like all Hindu fast, Karwa Chauth also have a deep spiritual and religious significance. As per a Hindu scipture, fasting helps create an attachment with the God by establishing a harmonious relationship between the body and the soul. On this auspicious day, married women keep a strict fast and do not take even a drop of water. It is the most difficult fast observed in Hindu tradition. The fast begins before sunrise and ends only after offering the prayer and worshipping the moon at night. The fast is broken once the moon is sighted and all the rituals have been performed. Women offer water to the moon and break their fast at night.
Karwa Chauth celebration in Modern Days
In modern day, this big fashion festival has turned into a full-fledged event. This festival is growing bigger with each passing day and each passing year. The sweet shop, mehandi and churiwallas have traditionally been busy on this auspicious Karwa Chauth festival.. But, in recent times, the beauty parlour owners, the event managers and restaurant owners are joining the bandwagon.
Special eateries for the day of Karwa Chauth are gearing up. Most restaurants have special menus for this special day. No wonder, almost all eating point in the city is offering plenty of attractive options to choose from. 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.