The auspicious Karwa Chauth festival falls on the fourth day of the waning moon or the dark fortnight. It is usually nine days before Diwali on the Chaturthi tithi or Kartik Ki Chauth. To find out when is Karwa Chauth this year, the Hindu calendar is consulted. Keeping the Karwa Chauth date in mind, shopping is in full swing, gifts are being purchased and women are planning how well to adorn themselves for this special occasion. Karwachauth 2013 is in October but some years, Karwa Chauth also comes in the month of November too. Preparations for Karwachauth 2013 are on and the excitement is felt in the air. Karwa Chauth calendar has been consulted well and bayas and sargis are being prepared with love and devotion.
Eating of Sargi on Karwa Chauth
The Hindu married women keep a day long rigorous fast on the day of Karwa Chauth to seek long life, well being, safety and prosperity of the husband. This fast is seen as the toughest of all fasts as the women do not even drink water the whole day. The fast is broken only after sighting the moon in the night. To prepare for this day long fast, there is ritual of preparing a pre-dawn meal called Karwa Chauth sargi, which the women eat before sun rise. The sargi is usually gifted to the daughter-in-law by the mother-in-law and also contains saree, sindoor or vermillion, glass or designer bangles, designer bindi, mehendi or henna, red ribbon, coconut, a gift that is usually a piece of jewellery or a beautiful saree and seviyan, which is to be eaten in the morning of Karva Chauth.
Karwa Chauth Aarti
The women perform Karva Chauth pooja in community gatherings. They decorate the puja thalis with colours, diyas, and flowers and carry incense sticks, vermillion, some rice, a small container filled with water and diyas or lamps. As a preparation for the Karva Chauth puja, idol of Goddess Gauri Mata, a karwa or pitcher filled with water, an earthen lamp, fresh flowers, fruits and food grains are arranged. After listening to the legends associated with the Karva Chauth they also rotate the puja thali while singing the Karwa Chauth song and then turn by turn each of them performs the Karwa Chauth aarti. Karwa Chauth aarti Hindi songs can now be downloaded or even listened to online.