Karwa Chauth preparations in full swing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Oct 2017 10:32:17


Staff Reporter,

Preparations are full in swing to mark the auspicious festival ‘Karwa Chauth’ with fervour in a pious manner on October 8. Married women are busy in the preparations of the festival.

From shopping till the makeup, women are leaving no stone unturned to look most beautiful and different from the crowd for the special day. They are preparing for Karva Chauth few days in advance; they are buying cosmetics (shringar), traditional adornments or jewellery, and puja items, such as the Karva lamps, matthi, henna and decorated puja thali (plate). City parlours attracting customers with 50 per cent discount coupons and pre-booking options. Even many parlours have appointed temporary staff to cope up with this festive rush. Almost of the parlours have been done with the booking.

Markets take on a festive look as shopkeepers put their Karva Chauth related products on display. City Markets including New Market, 10 No Market, City Market, City malls and shops are seen flooded with karwas (pot) and other beautiful religious stuffs. Various shops have been crowded with women demanding the best in the products needed on the day to mark the occasion.

They are purchasing karwas, puja stuffs and make up stuffs to look beautiful on the day.
Karwa Chauth, an old Hindu tradition among married women, where they observe fast for their husbands’ well being and long lives. Wives often pray and observe a day of socialising, with other women, by preparing special meals, and dressing up in their finest regalia.

In traditional observances of fast, fasting woman does no housework as they do not even take a sip of water. Women apply henna and other cosmetics to themselves and each other. In some regions, it is customary to give and exchange painted clay pots filled with bangles, ribbons, home-made candy, cosmetics and small cloth items (eg handkerchiefs). Since Karva Chauth follows soon after the Kharif crop harvest in the rural areas, it is a good time for community festivities and gift exchanges. Parents often send gifts to their married daughters and their children.

Storyteller is usually an older woman or a priest, if one is present. In the evening, Karva Chauth puja song is sung collectively the singers perform the feris (passing their thalis around in the circle).