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November 02, 2012
Karva Chauth is a fast observed by Hindu married women for the long life and safety of their husbands. The fast is also sometimes observed by unmarried girls who desire a good husband. Karva Chauth is primarily observed in North India, in states like Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat. Some Sikh women also observe the fast. In 2012, Karva Chauth will be on Novermber 2nd.
Karva Chauth is observed on the fourth day following the full moon in the month of Kartik (during Krishna Paksha) according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar and this takes place after the Autumnal Equinox. The festival of Karva Chauth has a lot of significance in the Hindu women’s life, since during this occasion, they pray for their husbands’ long life and safety. The festival is a sign of love and affection between a wife and a husband in contem-porary North Indian society. These days even some husbands observe the fast with their wives to keep them company.
Karva Chauth preparations begin a day or two before the festival, with women purchasing ornaments, make up items and articles required for puja like matthi, karwa diyas, decorated thalis and henna. Women decorate their palms with henna and wear beautiful clothes on the day of Karva Chauth.
On the day of the fast, women rise before day break and eat food known as Sargi, which is prepared by their mother-in-law. Food and drink must be consumed before sunrise and the fast is observed until the moon is spotted.
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