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Karwa Chauth

27 October

Karwa Chauth is a festival celebrated by women on the fourth day of the waning moon in the month of kartika. On this day, women fast and pray for the long lives of their husbands. The fast begins at dawn and fasting women traditionally do no housework for the duration of the festival. In many regions, women dress themselves beautifully in auspicious colours like red, gold or orange. The day is spent in the company of friends and relatives. In the evening, as they await the moonrise, a female only ceremony is held that involves storytelling and songs. When the moon rises, the custom is for women to view the moon through a sieve or veil, or the reflection of the moon on a vessel of water. She then offers a prayer for her husband’s longevity and the fast is complete.

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27 October
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