New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Karwa Chauth is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by women in north India. It is an annual one-day festival, where married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the ‘safety’ and ‘longevity’ of their husbands. Some Sikh women also celebrate this festival.

Besides married women, unmarried women also observe fast for their fiances or future husbands by observing the Karwa Chauth fast.

The festival is celebrated across the northern states of India including states such as Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat.

Historically, Karwa Chauth was celebrated as a prayer for the long life of soldiers in the war, and by extension, today refers to the long life of a married husband.

Date and Timings:

Generally, it is celebrated four days after Purnima in the month of Kartika. This year it will be celebrated on October 17, 2019, that is Thursday. The timings, however, will depend on the timing of the moonrise and therefore it will differ as different cities across India.

Puja:

Generally, all the married women gather in groups in the evening for the traditional Karwa Chauth Katha. After the Katha, Puja services get over after the moon rises. Soon after this, women take a glimpse of the moon through a Karva Chauth Channi after which they take a glimpse of her husband through the sieve again.   

Following this, the husbands broke the fasts of their wives by feeding them. Generally, the fast is broken by eating some fruits and sweets. The husbands also gift their wives some gifts.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma