5 important must-follow rituals of Karva Chauth
Karva Chauth is perhaps the most followed and celebrated festival by married women in India. On this day, women fast and spend their day in prayers. Karva Chauth is observed by married women of all ages and even young girls who wish to seek the desired soul mate. In 2016, Karva Chauth occurs on 19th October 2016.
Here are five important rituals married women must observe on Karva Chauth to get more benefits from this festival:
1. Sargi – Sargi is an important part of the festival. Before the day of Karva Chauth, the mother-in-law must gift her daughter-in-law Sargi – a gift including sweets, gifts such as clothes, bangles etc. and freniya, matthi. The daughter-in-law must consume this on Karva Chauth, early in the morning before sunrise.
- Baya – Like Sargi is gifted to the daughter-in-law by the mother-in-law, the Baya is a gift from the girl’s mother. It is a gift containing fruits, dry fruits, sweets, and gifts. The Baya should the girl before the Karva Chauth vrata Katha begins on the day of Karva Chauth.
- Wearing the marital outfit – Marriage is an important tradition among Indians. The wedding costume – lehenga, sari or salwar-suit, is considered very sacred and is maintained by all married women. On the day of Karva Chauth, married women must do all Solah-Shringar and wear their wedding dress. If they are unable to do so, bright colors signifying marriage should be worn.
- Karva Chauth Songs and prayers – On this day, women assemble to do the Karva Chauth prayers. All decorated Thalis (including their Sargi and Diya) are passed on while the Karva Chauth song is sung. All married women fasting and following rituals of Karva Chauth must sing and pray together.
- Listen to Karva Chauth Katha – It is important to listen to the Katha. Many of us don’t pay the story of karva Chauth any heed but it is an important ritual and one must be attentive.