Karwa Chauth Festival 2017

Karwa Chauth or Karva Chauth is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women for the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. The word Karwa (Karva) means a clay pot and chauth means the fourth, as the festival is commemorated on the fourth day after the full moon in Kartik month of Hindu calendar. This year, Karwa Chauth 2017 date is on 8th October 2017.

Karvachauth festival is celebrated by North Indians, with great enthusiasm and is supposed to be the most propitious day for any married women in India. On the day of Karwa Chauth, women receive beautiful gifts from their husbands and relatives as a gesture of their love and care. The festival of Karva Chauth is popular amongst married women especially in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. It is symbolic of the unflagging loyalty of a wife towards her husband. On this special occasion, things that reflect the marital status of a woman like jewelry, bangles, henna, and bindi are of high demand.


Karwa Chauth Rituals

There are some differences in Karva Chauth rituals about starting and breaking the fast, and worshipping the moon within regions, groups, and communities in India. On the day of Karvachauth, married women get up early in the morning and perform their ablutions. Karva Chauth is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and their son Kartikeya (Lord Muruga). They are worshiped on this day along with the 10 ‘karwas’ (earthen pots) filled with sweets.

Married women start observing fast before sunrise and ends only after offering prayers and worshipping the moon. They won’t even take food or a drop of water till the moon is sighted. In the late afternoon women gather at a common place like temple, an elderly lady or the pujarin narrates the legend and history of Karwa Chouth.

Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water, or through a dupatta or a sieve. They pray for their husband’s well-being and long life, and break their fast after offering water to the moon. Then they receive their first bite of food and water from their husbands. This marks the end of the day long Karwa Chauth fast.

Timing of the Karwa Chauth Festival

Usually, this Hindu festival comes 9 days before the festival of Diwali on 'kartik ki chauth'. To be more precise, it comes on the fourth day of the full moon in the month of 'Karthik' (October-November).

In short, it is believed that the married women, who prays and observes the Karva Chauth Vrat for the well-being of husband, acquire saubhagya, progeny and lasting prosperity.

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  2. I am very much confused about Karwa Chauth. I think why the people are doing this type of festival but after reading your blog my confusion is clear.thank you so much....

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