Karwa Chauth is an eminent festival of Hindus that is observed by married women with great gaiety and fervor. On this very special day, a Vrat or fast is strictly observed till the moon-rise by married women, seeking long life and safety of their husbands. For the newlywed women, their first Karwa Chauth is the most tremendous event of their life. Everyone in the family out there cares and treats the newlywed bride, as this particular day truly marks her love as well as respect for her husband. The family members shower the newlywed lady with blessings & Karwa Chauth gifts. This festival is observed on the fourth day of Kartik month and nine days before Diwali. In order to know more about first Karwa Chauth read on….
Customs and Rituals: The First Sargi:
Sargi is a special meal prepared by the mother-in-law and sent to the daughter-in-law to consume before the sunrise on the Day of Karwa Chauth. This meal includes delicious and healthy eatables with sweets. Mother-in-law also blesses her daughter-in-law and gives traditional jewelry as well as sari to wear on the special day. Sargi also makes great gifts for Karwa Chauth.
The First Baya:
On the very day of Karwa Chauth, mother-in-laws receive gifts from the in-laws of their daughter-in-laws. Gifts for Karwa Chauth are also offered to all the married female members of the husband’s family. The Baya comprises of dry fruits, salted mathris, saris as well as utensils.
The preparations of worship are made at the evening of Karwa Chauth. Everybody in the family, especially the women gather for the puja celebration. The new bride, during her first Karwa Chauth, is decorated with heavy bridal dress, jewelries and cosmetics. After seeking blessings from elders, they distribute the baya gifts to every female member of the family.
Karwa Chauth Gifts from Husband:
Husband of newlywed woman, showers her with myriad of Karwa Chauth gifts. Usually these gifts are meant to last for lifetime. These are given in exchange for the new bride’s prayers, dedication and fast.