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karwa chauth

About karwa chauth

The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated by married Hindu women across Northern India. As per the Hindu calendar, the festival falls during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik. On this day, married women fast until moonrise. They offer their prayers to the moon, before ending the fast.

  • The festival falls on the fourth day of the Kartik month in the luni-solar calendar where married women and those reaching the marriageable age pray for the safety and long life of their husbands.
  • Women observe rigorous fasting on this day, without even drinking a glass of water after sunrise.
  • Women rise early and start their day with sargi, a meal prepared by their mother-in-law. After this meal, they don’t consume any food or water till moonrise. Women also pray to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartik. In the evening, women perform a puja, offer foods to the deities and pray for the safety and longevity of their husbands. When the moon has been spotted, women will look at the moon and their husbands through a sieve, and the men will offer their wives water to break their fast.
  • 2017 - Sunday,8th October
  • 2018 - Saturday,27th October
  • 2019 - Thursday,17th October
  • 2020 - Wednesday,4th November
  • 2021 - Sunday,24th October
  • 2022 - Thursday,13th October
  • In India, states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Uttar Pradesh observe the festival devotedly.