Karwa Chauth: What, when, how and why?

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What is Karwa Chauth?

Karwa stands for “pot” and Chauth stands for “fourth”. Karwa is believed to symbolize the large earthen pots used to store wheat and the date marks the date of the beginning of the festival. It is the fourth day of the month of Kartik.

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Karwa Chauth is the festival where Hindu married Women Fasts seeking for their husband’s longevity and safety.

Women who are not married but wish to have a good husband also takes part in this one day fast.

Do read: A complete list of all the major Hindu festivals in India

Why Karwa Chauth is celebrated?

If theories are to be believed, it started off by women whose husbands had to leave for long wars against Mughal invaders in the north-west of India. While they were away, women used to pray for their safe return. They used to wait for them by preparing special meals for their husbands and dress in their finest outfit.

Another legend says that it began as a prayer wishing for a good harvest, as the day of the fast coincides with the day wheat should start being sown. It is majorly celebrated in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.

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How Karwa Chauth is celebrated?

Apart from fasting and dressing up the best, women exchange clay pots/decorated plates with their friends that they paint and decorate with beautiful designs. These plates are filled with sweets, makeup, bangles, etc. Women have a pre-dawn meal, which is offered by Mother in Laws. Women taking part in Karva Chauth are usually not allowed to do any household chores.

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When is Karwa Chauth?

Karwa Chauth is being celebrated on Thursday, October 17, which is the fourth day of the Hindu month of Kartik.

Moon Timing:

The expected time of the moonrise is 08:49 pm.

Delhi – 20:20 p.m.

Lucknow – 20:08 p.m

Chennai – 20:32 p.m

Mumbai – 20:54 p.m.

Gurgaon – 20:21 p.m

Hyderabad – 20:33 p.m

Bengaluru – 20:44 p.m

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