Karwa Chauth



Karwa Chauth is an annual fast undertaken by married Hindu women. Karwa Chauth 2014 date is on October 11. It is observed for a happy married life and for the well being of the husband and is one of the most popular Vrat (fasting) in Hinduism. Karva means a clay pot and ‘chauth’ refers to fourth. Karwa Chauth is observed on the fourth day after the full moon in the month of Kartik (October – November).

The main event on the day is the Karwa Chauth fasting and prayers to Lord Shiva - Goddess Parvati and Ganesha. On the day, after an early morning bath married women eat food made from selects grains and fruits. All this takes place before sunrise. After sunrise the women observe strict fast. The fast is broken after sighting the moon at night. Women break the fast with an offering of water and flowers to the moon.

Karwa Chauth in recent years has become immensely popular thanks to Bollywood movies and Hindi Television serials. Some never-ending Hindi soap operas create scripts in such a way that they are able to showcase their characters partaking in the ritual on the exact date as it happens in real life. Bollywood movies have gone a step head and now show unmarried heroines partaking in the ‘vrath’ for the well being of their lovers.
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