Karwa Chauth, Himachal

     State : Himachal Pradesh

     Time of Celebration : Fourth Day of the Waning Moon in      the Hindu Month of Kartik
Karwa Chauth

The festivities of Karwa Chauth, Himachal Pradesh start from early morning. Before sunrise, women take bath and attire in new cloths. They take few selected grains and fruits in meal. For remaining day they do not take food and water. Further, married women offer prayers to Hindu god and goddess such as Shiva and Parvati. The prayers on the day of Karwa Chauth are offered with the motive of seeking blessings that would enable them to enjoy successful married lives.

It is during afternoon that women assemble in neighborhood for a prayer ceremony. They recite very popular Karva Chauth story. On the time of the puja, women wear bright red or pink clothes and stunning jewelry. Once the prayer ceremony is over all the women eagerly wait for moon rise. As soon as moon appears on sky every woman come to their terrace and offer prayers to ensure well being for their husband and family. An elderly woman of the family again recites story of Karwa Chauth. At the end of these rituals, all women break their fast with a sip of water.