The auspicious month of Kartik has already set in North India, welcoming the highly-revered Hindu rituals performed during the month.
One such is Karwa Chauth, the ‘festival of bonding’ celebrated by married women praying for husbands’ longevity and prosperousness.
As per the Hindu Lunar calendar, the festival falls on the fourth day after Purnima of Kartik month, every year.
The Karwa Chauth 2019 is being celebrated across the country on October 17, 2019 on a grand scale, primarily in northern states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
Karwa Chauth Ritual
On this auspicious day, married Hindu women observe day-long fasting from sunrise and husbands break their wives’ fast by offering them drinking water and sweet, post witnessing the moon.
The fasting women’s day begins with Sargi or pre-dawn meal, including an earthen pot of Karwa, sweets, feni and dry fruits, offered by their mothers-in-law.
In the evening, they gather and listen to Karwa Vrath Katha and perform Karwa Vrath Puja. On this day, devotees worship the idol of Goddess Parvati made with cow dung.