Karwa Chauth is celebrated mostly by the married women in North India. On this day, they observe a fast,praying for the long life, well being and prosperity of their husband. They break their fast in the evening,after moonrise. On this sacred festival, people come together and socialize with friends and family,exchange gifts and share home cooked meals. It also provides an opportunity to all married women, toget close to their in laws.Karwa Chauth is the festival which reflects joy, splendor, brightness andhappiness of a married life.
The festival of Karva Chauth is symbolic of the unflagging loyalty of a wife towards her husband.It iscelebrated nine days before Diwali,or the festival of lights,on the fourth day of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Kartik, around October November. Married women, old and young, begin their fast on theday of Karva Chauth, well before sunrise (around 4 am), and have food and water only after spotting themoon, which generally rises at about 8.30 p.m. The women strictly adhere to the guidelines laid down forthe fast and give up food and water for one complete day.
In spite of being one of the toughest fasts, karva chauth is the most awaited festival of the year and iswelcomed by married woman with great fervor. For a newly wed woman, karva chauth is particularlyspecial, as they get decked up in their bridal lehnga choli. The things that symbolize and reflect themarital status of a woman, such as jewelry, bangles, henna, bindi, lehnga choli and many othertraditional gifts are in high demand on this special occasion. Usually, women receive beautiful gifts fromtheir husbands and relatives on this day, as a gesture of their love and care.