Festive fever grips city on ‘Karwa Chauth’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Oct 2018 11:48:55



Staff Reporter,

One of the most awaited festivals for married women ‘Karwa Chauth’ will be witnessed with tremendous fervour on Saturday.

The women are extremely excited and have done all the preparations so well to mark the pious occasion with zeal and passion. Friday was the busiest day for the women as all the last minute preparations were done on the day including putting henna designs on hand and foot, buying jewelries, Karwa (earthen pot), sieve, stuffs for puja, etc.

Preparations were full in swing to mark the auspicious festival ‘Karwa Chauth’ with fervour and in pious manner which will be observed today. Markets were seen flooded with karwas (pot) and other beautiful religious stuffs. There was huge crowd in the city markets including New Market, No 10 Market, Old City Market, malls. City salons were booked much before and were so busy on Friday. Various shops were crowded with women fasting on the pious day. They purchased 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. Women have been prepared for Karwa Chauth a few days in advance, by buying cosmetics (shringar), traditional adornments or jewellry, and puja items, such as the Karva lamps, matthi, henna and decorated puja thali (plate).

In some regions, it is customary to give and exchange painted clay pots filled with put 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, ‘Karwa Chauth’ puja song is sung collectively the singers perform the feris (passing their thalis around in the circle). Mother-in-laws have planned special gifts and surprises for their daughter-in-laws. Lovely bond of mother-in-laws and their daughter-in-laws will be witnessed on this special occasion. While on the other side, as it is extraordinary occasion for husband and wife so special moments will be captured on the day.

Even the city witnessed Pre-Karwa Chauth celebration on Friday at various places. Many women clubs, groups and communities throw pre-Karwa Chauth celebration party, where they enjoyed having fun, dancing, putting henna, organising competitions and marking the occasion with glee.

Festival ‘Karwa Chauth’ is extremely special occasion for me: Nishu Nema

Nishu Nema, Commerce Coaching Centre owner says, Festival ‘Karwa Chauth’ is extremely special occasion for me. It would be my second Karwa Chauth which I am going to celebrate it in enthusiastic and traditional manner. Last year, my husband planned surprise for me and this year too I am expecting something more special. We have also planned a dinner date in after breaking my fast in the evening and I am really excited. Karwa Chauth also marks a strong bond with my mother-in-law and we perform religious puja together.”

All religious festivals are celebrated in traditional manner: Sarita Gupta

“All the religious festivals are celebrated in traditional manner and Karwa Chauth is one among those. I have been celebrating it since my marriage. As now I have become mother-in-law so I and my daughter in law will perform puja together. To make my bond stronger, I have planned a small surprise for my daughter-in-law at home to make her feel happy”, says Sarita Gupta.