When is Karva Chauth 2011 |Karva Chauth 2011 – Dates, Philosophy and Celebrations

Karva Chauth 2011 – Dates, Philosophy and Celebrations
Chauth is the celebrated in month of Kartik. It is observed on the fourth day of waning moon fortnight of Kartik (October – November). Karva Chauth is a special festival which is known to be thecelebration of conjugal love. In 2011 Karva Chauth is on Saturday, 15th October.

 Karva Chauth is mostly celebrated by the married women mostly in the Northern parts of India. In this article we shall know about the legend and the celebrations of Karva Chauth.

The Philosophy behind Karva Chauth
Karva Chauth is the festival of unflinching faith and loyalty of the wife towards her husband. The relationship of wife and husband is the basis of many other relationships. If this relationship is sweet then there is love and happiness in the whole family and if this relationship is bitter then all other relationships are bound to be spoiled. Thus ideally wife and husband, both should have proper understanding about marital life and work out to have happy and long lasting relationship.

Festivals in Vedic times gave impetus to strengthen relationships. Karwa Chauth is special time in the year where the married people reflect into marital relationship. On this day wife expresses her appreciation for her husband by fasting whole day and husband reciprocates by giving her gifts. There can be many rituals associated with it but the essence and philosophy behind is strengthening the bond conjugal relationship. Women observe this to express chastity and love towards husband and for husband it is responsibility to care for his wife.

Karva Chauth Rituals and Celebrations
The day of Karva Chauth is very special for newly married couple. Newly wed woman wear bridal lehnga and choli for the second time. The woman becomes the bride for the second time. Things such as bangles, jewelery, mehandi, bindis and other decorative items make the day of karva chauth. Women observe fasting without water (nirjal) for the whole day. They break their fast in the night after seeing the moon. They do ritual worship of moon while breaking the fast. Whole day they pray to their deities for health, longevity and well-being of their husband.

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