New Delhi: Karwa Chauth is a Hindu festival mostly celebrated in Northern India during which married women fast from sunrise till the moon comes out. Unmarried women also observe a fast for finding their prospective grooms.
This year Karwa Chauth falls on October 17.
Karwa Chauth is an auspicious occasion when married women pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati so that their husband has a long life. They dress up in ethnic wear and apply sindoor and wear jewellery. Before sunset, they come together in a group and read the vrat katha.
Although women fast during this time period, food is an important part of this day. The practice of eating sargi in the morning is important. It is common practice for mother-in-laws to prepare a thali of sargi for their daughters-in-law.
The thali comprises foods that provide enough energy for the long day ahead and are filling. Some of the common sweets prepared for the sargi are halwa and phirni. Dry fruits such as almonds, pistachios, cashews, and walnuts are consumed because they are high on nutritional energy. Fruits are important since they provide the body with the much-needed water content until the evening.
Though this Hindu festival is celebrated by women across India, it is particularly celebrated in the northern region of the country which includes the states Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh.