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Karva Chauth

Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated by married Hindu women who fast for the well-being of their husbands. The fast is broken after the moonrise with rice-based dishes.

Karva Chauth is a significant festival celebrated by married Hindu women in India, particularly in North India, as a symbol of love, devotion, and marital fidelity. It falls on the fourth day after the full moon in the month of Kartik.

On this day, married women observe a day-long fast from sunrise to moonrise, without consuming food or water. The fast is undertaken as an expression of love and prayer for the well-being and longevity of their husbands.

The breaking of the fast, known as "sargi," is a special ritual. Before sunrise, the mother-in-law presents a thali (tray) containing various delicacies, including rice-based dishes, fruits, sweets, and other auspicious items. The married woman receives the sargi from her mother-in-law and begins her fast.

As the moon rises, women gather together on rooftops or in gardens to view the moon through a sieve and offer prayers. The fast is broken with the first sip of water and the consumption of rice-based dishes, followed by a loving meal with family and friends.

Karva Chauth is not just a celebration of rice-based delicacies but also a celebration of the sacred bond between husband and wife. It reflects the deep-rooted cultural values of devotion, commitment, and the enduring spirit of love in Indian marriages.

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