Karwa chauth is typically Hindu festival mainly for couples specially for married women. Married women known as Suhagans in India fast the whole day without foor or even water praying for the long life of their husbands. This festival reflects the dedication and the attachment of Indian women towards their husband who are willing to suffer any pain for them and thus increasing love between couples.
It is celebrated in the month of Kartik according to Hindu calendar on the chaturthi tithi after the fullmoon. Karwa literally means clay pot and chauth means fourth night after the full moon, because Karwa ias filled wuthspecial food and jewellery and offered to God thus the name Karwa chauth. This festival is mainly performed in most parts of northern India. Married women just after the sight of the moon start their fast. Then they wait for next nights moon to appear, when they break their fast through various fastbreaking rituals, without consuming foor or water. On seeing the moon the next night they look at it and offer prayers. Then looking at their husbands they receive their first bite of food and water from their Husbands hands. Then only the fast is broken.
According to Hindu mythology Karwa was a woman whose husband was caught by a crocodile. She tied the crocodile with cotton yarnand asked Yama, the god of death, to send the crocodile to Hell ,which Yama refused. Karwa then threatened to curse Him, fearing of which Yama sent the crocodile to Hell. Karwa ked a happy, blissful life with her husband. The fact that even the God of death was afrais of a devoted wife, shows the power of a pativraat wife.
Karwa chauth day
The festival is widely celebrated by many Hindu married couples in various parts of the world. On this day for nearly 24 hours the wife doesnot consume food or even water. She decorates herself by painting her hands and feet with henna, dressed generally in Red Saris. This festival has the main belief that pati-vrat or devoted wives have the power to even fear God of death. This fast is done by the women folk so that their husbands enjoy longer life.