Karwa Chauth is one of the most important festivals among Hindus in North India. It strengthens the bond between the couple and also brings happiness in their wedded life. Karwa Chauth festival depicts the unconditional love between the husband and wife who have tied knots to be together forever. The wife keeping aside the worldly values, fasts for her husband’s long life, prosperity and happiness. The lady observes fast from sunrise till moonrise without drinking even water. It might sound too cliche but the ones observing fast feel immense pleasure and happiness in doing the same. It is a long practised tradition followed in India where wives pray to the divine power to seek blessings for their husband. [Also Read: Karwa Chauth 2017: Important Tips For A Healthy Karwa Chauth]
The festival has a mythological importance where Goddess Parwati used to starve on Karwa Chauth day for Lord Shiv. Going back to the Pre-Mahabharat time, Draupadi too took up the fast for the healthy well-being of her husbands when they were in a struggle for their lives. This is a holy festival where a married woman eats the auspicious ‘sargi’ given by her mother in law before sunrise and then she fasts for the whole day until moonrise. Some husbands these days too starve for their beloved wives as a gesture of love and support. By this, the lady feels the soul companionship. It’s not that all the husband should fast as they have a lot more to do to encourage and extend love to their wives who through the divine power wish for their healthy being.
All the married ladies dress in their bridal attire which they wore on their marriage day to revive the memories of the tied knot. The husbands too go awestruck by seeing their beautiful wife who has put a lot of efforts for him.
To open the fast, it is mandated to get the first sip of water and the first morsel of food with the husband’s hand. The festival strengthens the bond not only between husband and wife but also in in-laws family.