Updated: May 3
Karva Chauth (Hindi: करवा चौथ) is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in North India in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. (Wikipedia)
People of Indian/Hindu decent, honor all relationships in many different ways. Women celebrate this festival of Karva Chauth in Northern part of India including Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab.
As with many festivals the rituals are unique to this one to bring a long and healthy life for husbands. There is Sargi: feast prepared for the fasting women from their mother in laws. They are also showered with gifts from their husbands in return for their dedication and fast for them.
Women get dressed up with their best clothes and jewelry and use a sieve to see the moon through it before they break the fast. Fast is broken by their husbands feeding them.
It is a way for many women to take a break from their daily routines and chores and spend quality time with other women in their family and neighborhood. Here is to long, healthy, prosperous lives for everyone, not just the husbands!