Festivities have started and soon we'll be home to celebrate Diwali. This was our last weekend in US before we leave for India. Amidst all the packing and shopping, we celebrated the festival of Karva Chauth on Saturday.
Since, a lot of my friends as non-Indians, I'll take a quick turn and share some information about Karva Chauth. Karva Chauth is an annual festival celebrated mostly by the Hindus and Sikhs in India. The married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and long life of their husbands. The fast begins with dawn. The women refrain from food and fluids (including water) till the moon rises. Once the women see the moon, they worship it and pray for their husbands' longevity.
|My favorite design of the day|
|A touch of Arabic style in the design|
|Left hand's artwork: I turn into an ambidextrous on Karva Chauth.|
|Could have been better, if my left hand had not given up.|
Though, it sounds difficult to spend the day without water, there are several things which make the fasting interesting. For me, fasting means, no cooking. No cooking means, no dishes to do and no cleaning *smile*. A day off from kitchen means time for other things. A chance to apply henna and boss around because you cannot do much with henna on the hands. Dress up and click as many photographs as you can!
|This is how it turned out to be|
|... and this!|
Karva Chauth this year was a little unconventional for us. We spent most of the time in the mall. Came back, watched Big Boss (Indian version of Big Brother) and went off to sleep. Woke up for the rituals, ate to our stomach's content and slept again *grin*
Sanket fasts with me. I know how important the morning cup of tea is to him. Karva Chauth is the only day of the year when he gives it up. I believe, there are other things that he values more than tea *smile*. I hope God has heard our prayers and showered upon us a lifetime of togetherness!
P.S.- Last year's Karva Chauth updates can be found here.
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