On Karva Chauth, Hindu women mostly in north India, observe a day-long fast with no food or water for their husband’s long life. They eat only after praying to the moon. And, all husbands reward their wives with a wonderful present for observing such a difficult fast for their wellbeing, happiness and long life.
But, Karva Chauth is no longer the festival of the suppressed Indian wife, praying for the safety and longevity of her husband who is the giver and the provider.
This festival has become a fashion symbol in modern era. With so much feasting and fun added to it, fasting has never been so fulfilling. A lot of pomp and glamour is associated with Karva Chauth these days. Even husbands fast for their wives and wives get an opportunity to splurge guilt free!
Following the same, Adelaide beauty, Aarti Walia this year added more glamour to the festival. “KC is a regressive concept. That women should fast for their husband’s wellbeing without a reciprocal gesture is galling… but there’s something beautiful about keeping family tradition alive in today’s world and the fun with which we girls do it. Come evening, all of us wear our latest designer wears and meet for the pooja, where we read the story behind the festival and go through all the rituals.”
Here is a sneak peek into Walia’s festive celebration.