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Monday, October 17, 2011

Karva Chauth 2011

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
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A touch of Arabic style in the design
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Left hand's artwork: I turn into an ambidextrous on Karva Chauth.
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Could have been better, if my left hand had not given up.
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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
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... and this!
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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*



Rituals



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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16 comments :

  1. I luved ur mehendi n 2 see ur mehendi i read d previous karwa chauth artioicle 2 ...but i must say ur style of writing has changed d way u r presenting ur blog has changed n i luved reading it.....wish i knew u apply so butiful mehendi i wud hav asked 4 a lifetime favour of apllying lifetime mehendi...n whats more surprising is ur left hand applying it butifully on ur right hand kudos 2 left hand especialyyy....butifulll is a small wrd splendid

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  2. What a beautiful and meaningful tradition. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it :)

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  3. luv ur mehendi n tanya u r a pro at it!!!!lovely couple u both make....

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  4. You are really good at putting Mehndi!!! And you looked lovely in your Saree and open locks!

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  5. wow..your mahendi is gorgeous and you look beautiful in sari:)

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  6. All designs are so nice! I love henna or mehndi :) you can check my designs at my blog :)
    All the best dear..

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  7. Beautiful! Henna has always intrigued me and your mehndi is just gorgeous! How sweet of your husband to fast with you. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party and would love it if you'd come and share something you made/did/bought sometime before blogging. Can't wait to see what you share at the party.

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  8. Hey Tanya...How r u? hope you had a great diwali...

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  9. Tanya, your mendhi is gorgeous...left and right. I haven't had mendhi since I got married and what an honor that was. I can't wait to see your pictures when you come back from India. I hope you enjoyed Diwali! When you get back check out my post "Hooray for Bollywood".

    Paula
    http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/2011/11/hooray-for-bollywood.html

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  10. This is so beautiful- the 4th image exceptionally so! I am following along so I can find out more! Hope you can hop over to Elle an Lou for a visit. Lou

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  12. Lovely designs.. I love those green bangles too... !!

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  13. You can just buy Best Gulab Jamun in india on kanwarjis sweet shop. It’s the best of all Indian sweets, Gulab jamuns are popular all over India.

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