I didn't know. I did read a couple of posts here and here....
Now, I have nothing against festivals in general - I love dressing up, the food, sweets, the ambiance at home...
Now, Karva Chauth is one festival which I don't approve of. This whole fasting thing to pray for your husband's long life is something I don't get...
I googled the festival and came across some interesting insights - here are some snippets
|" Karva Chauth is a fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and longevity of their husbands. Karva Chauth falls about nine days before diwali on the Kartik ki Chauth some time in October or November. It is the most important fast observed by the women of North India. A woman keeps such a fast for the well-being of her husband, who becomes her protector after she leaves her parents home. Her husband provides her with food, shelter, clothing, respectability, comfort and happiness.|
|This is indeed a very tough fast to observe as it starts before sunrise and ends after worshipping the moon, which usually rises at about 8.45 p.m. No food or water is to be taken after 4 a.m. or after sunrise. Nowadays, this fast is kept even in modern educated homes, becoming a symbol of the sentiment that a woman has for her husband. "|
My objections to this festival are numerous:
- why should the wife only fast and pray for her husband's long life?
(I know lots of men fast along with their wives, but that's not my point here!)
- Why should WE suffer in order to keep the husbands happy?
(You know, staying hungry all day...)
- Why isn't there a festival for men to fast for their wives' long life and happiness?
- I don't understand the willingness to suffer for another person's well being
I mean, when you are sad/unhappy/hungry/cranky, how could the husband be happy??
The stories behind the origin of this festival are interesting and they vary from website to website ;-)
This particular website: http://festivalsofindia.in/KarvaChauth/Katha.asp
has a lot of interesting details about the festival and about other festivals as well if you are curious.
Wikipedia also has an interesting write-up about the same.
I know lots of women who celebrate this festival and some of them are dear friends and I don't interfere or tell them how I feel about the whole deal... I respect their belief and leave it at that...
But, this space is my own and here, I do want to tell that I don't approve of this festival at all
And most importantly, I will not disagree to any argument made pro-Karva Chauth because I personally can't relate to this festival...
But, all this said - I admire people who actually can fast thru the entire day without eating or drinking anything...