Gearing up for ‘Karva Chauth’

Marwari women having fun at the mehendi function on the eve of ‘Karva Chauth’, in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

A few Arabic designs and some traditional patterns were intricately drawn on the delicate hands of married women who gathered on the eve of ‘Karva Chauth’ on Thursday. The annual festival is celebrated by North Indian women for the longevity of their husbands.

Breaking the traditional barriers, a number of Marwaris and Rajasthanis say that the celebration is no more confined to their houses.

“Earlier, it was an individual affair. However, for the past few years, we have been meeting at a common place and making merry by organising mehendi functions such as these. We exchange gifts and chart out a plan of what needs to be done the next day, including the dishes to be prepared,” says Manju Agarwal, a homemaker. The best part of the festival is the fun-filled exercise of dressing up and completing the look with ‘solah singar’ (16 adornments of a bride).

“The mehendi designing function is one part of the celebration,” explains Richa Sarma, stretching her hands that display creative patterns.

Women who have been fasting during the festival for years say that they do not consider it an arduous practice.

“In fact, we actually forget that we are fasting. Our husbands and mothers-in-law will pamper us with gifts. The story of ‘Karva Chauth’ will be read. We make ‘dal-baati churma’ and puris and other traditional delicacies on the occasion,” says Aruna.

The festival is observed on the fourth day of the full moon of Karthik.

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