Hello ladies! Happy Karwachauth

This is an ancient Indian ritual followed in Northern India. Women fast and pray for the long lives of their husbands. The fast is broken by looking through a channi at the Moon. There is a elaborate Puja to be done and etc etc.

But I beleive, this day is not about fasting and later feasting! It goes above and beyond that. The rituals are symbolic and remind us of the strong special bitter butter bond that we share with our better half!

It celebrates the spirit of womanhood. It is a day when everyone, including us acknowledge our hard work and our support to this world. It is a day when we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done that we do without any break. It is a day when we all sisters stand and celebrate together.

This day is an opportunity for the amazingly overworked women folk to take a break. You have to after all look your best! It’s part of the ritual to look as close to the bride resemblance of yours as possible. We all indulge in spas and Mehndi and makeup etc. Even though getting to the overcrowded markets can give you a spasm.

Mehndi on hands

But at the end of the day, to see the lively brimming market filled with beautiful ladies followed sincerely by obedient husbands obliging them with expensive presents is a wonderful experience.

As a Bengali, there is no such thing as this Karwachauth but growing up here in North amidst all Punjabis, I had great fondness for this festival. I remember peeping over my balcony and looking at all aunties of my neighbourhood, all dressed up and doing a thali version of Puja. I remember coaxing my Mom to get Mehndi applied herself. But she would always shy away. At the same time, she would help everyone else with their preparations.

Now that I am myself married into a Haryanvi family, I do all the customs from the inside and it feels great too! I am really fortunate that my mum in law is too considerate and not old fashioned. So she lets me make amendments to my rituals and goes along them.

I enjoy a day off and wait for the Moon to rise! I wait for the time when my hubby will finally give me his full attention and a present! And of course I pray to Almighty to bless us all with a good healthy life.

Amen to that. Happy Karwachauth Ladies!

Published by Amrita

A regular person. Loves to read, love and write. A mother of two. A doctor by profession. Ferociously enthusiastic, adventure seeker and lover of life.

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