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First Karva Chauth, Make it Special!

Karva Chauth festival for husband

After marriage in the first year you celebrate all festivals with the new family. Every festival has its importance, but first Karva Chauth is really significant and carries great importance for married Hindu women. For a newly wedded woman it is most important to carry out the traditions of the family and celebrate the Karva Chauth in the same manner. She is showered with blessings of blissful married life ahead. All the married women keep the fast for one-long day for the longevity of their husband.

Nowadays, most of the married women celebrate Karva Chauth festival in group, where all the married women of the community get together and offer all prayers for their husband’s longevity and complete all the vrat rituals together. The festival reflects the joy, excitement and magnificence of being married and reflects the status of a woman with henna, jewelry, the tradition of ‘Sargi’ marital attire and ‘Sindoor’.

The First Sargi: Sargi is the dawn meal, which is generally prepared by mother-in-law. Sargi is consumed before the dawn of Karwa Chauth. This meal includes sweets, fruits and other delicious eatables. The newly wedded daughter-in-law presents some gifts to mother-in-law to show her love and respect for her mother-in-law.

First Baya: Baya is the gift to mother-in-law on the occasion of Karva Chauth from daughter-in-law. This sargi generally consists of salted and sweet mathris, dry-fruits and some special gift. This Baya becomes more important if it’s for the first Karva Chauth. Even for the family of daughter-in-law it is really important. Her mother brings gift for all family members. These gifts consist of some utensils, sweets, clothes for all family members and jewelry and make-up kit for her. However, sweets, utensils and clothes are distributed among the females of the family who are going to participate in the Karva Chauth pooja with the newly wedded bride.

First Karva Chauth Pooja: All the females of the family made special arrangements for the evening and Karva Chauth pooja in a family where they all are going to take part in the pooja with the newly wedded married woman. The newly wedded woman is supposed to wear the bridal lehenga or some heavy sari with jewelry and make up. After performing pooja with the other ladies of the family, she seeks blessings for her happy married life from all elder women of the family. The newly wedded woman distributes mathris and other things amongst the ladies that were a part of baya.

Gifts from Husband: Husband of the woman who observes her first Karva Chauth feels great to see her fasting rigorously whole day for his longevity. To make her feel special and pamper her, he presents her some special Karva Chauth gifts. Nowadays, these days husbands also takes her out for her out for a dinner to save her from the drudgery of day’s cooking work.

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Hindu Indian Wife Fasts for Her Husband on Karva Chauth

Karva Chauth FestivalKarva Chauth (Karwa Chauth) is a Hindu festival. This festival has its own significance.  On this day, all Hindu married women keep fast for their husband’s long life, well-being and prosperity. According to Hindu lunar calendar, this festival is celebrated on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of ‘Kartik’. This vrat rituals starts from early morning and ends on late night or with moonrise. All married woman keep the fast for whole day till moon rise. The main objective of the fast is to have happy and blissful married life.

As per Hindu mythological stories, Karva Chauth fast was first done by Goddess Parvati for her husband Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati had put great efforts before marriage to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Married women keep the fast for whole day to tribute to Goddess Parvati for her sacrifices to Lord Shiva to get him as husband. The word ‘Karva’ means clay pot and ‘Chauth’ stands for fourth. Karwa Chauth describes the fourth day of the ‘Kartik’ month of Indian Hindu calendar which followed by full moon night. Women break their fast after viewing the moon at night and her husband through a sieve. Women offer flowers and water to the moon during the prayer. After completing that ritual her husband feed her some fruit or sweet to break the fast.

Hindu and Sikh married women celebrate this special day with ladies of their family and with other females. It is widely celebrated in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Nowadays, Karwa Chauth is celebrated in almost all cities of India due to the cultural effect of Bollywood and Hindi cinema. The Indian Hindu communities who are living in the UK, the US, Canada, Singapore and Australia celebrate this important festival among themselves. Sometimes it is seen the unmarried girls also keep fast to get married to the desired husbands.

Woman in India are worshipped as Goddess with in different stages of their like such as daughter, wife and mother. Her mother-in-law and husband offer her gifts like jewelry, clothes and ornaments. All married women dress up majorly in pink or red colored sari with Mehndi (Henna) on her hand during this festival as these two colors as considered most auspicious in Hindu religion. Newly married brides will wear their wedding attire on her first Karva Chauth. This bridal look on this festival dedicated to her love for her husband. Bollywood films like ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ and ‘Baghban’ are most popular for Karva Chauth.

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