Happy Karwachauth

Guest Article By Meetu Gulati

 

The festive season is around the corner. Beginning of fall marks the beginning of all major festivities in India and gives us a reason to adorn ourselves in beautiful ethnic wear and accessories.

One such festival is Karwachauthone of the most awaited festival of the year for a married woman. A day where she fasts from sunrise to moonrise for the long life and good health of her better half. A day when she adorns like a new bride and prays for the prosperity of her soulmate. The Karwachauth festival is celebrated across Northern part of India and holds a great significance in Indian culture.

 

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Married women performing the rituals at temple. Notice how they are all dressed up and yes they are all fasting but still looking beautiful.

 

In our rich Indian culture there are few adornments which are only worn by married woman. It not only enhances their beauty but have a great mythological significance too.

Sindoor (Vermillion)- a sacred symbol of a married woman is applied partially or completely along the parting-line of a woman’s hair. It is a sign of good fortune & is only worn by married women.

 

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Bindi – It’s a circular red dot of vermilion powder which signifies strength. It also represents the third eye. Bindi is donned on the centre of the forehead. These days many designs of bindis are available and they are reusable. Each comes with a sticky back and can be easily applied or removed .

 

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Mangalsutra Necklace – A sacred thread of love and unity made of gold and black beads. ‘Mangal’ means auspicious and ‘sutra’ means thread. It is called Thaaly or Maanglayam in southern part of India. Mangalsutra has divine powers and the black beads protects from evil powers.

 

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Toe Rings Silver toe rings are worn by married women in the second fingers of their feet. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus and regulates the menstrual cycle.

 

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Mehendi (Heena) is applied on the hands and it epitomizes the love and affection between the couple.

 

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Bangles adorns the wrists of all married women and are worn as a wish for a long life of their soulmate.

 

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May this Karvachauth be a blessed one for all those celebrating.

Happy Fasting. Stay strong as the feast will follow too !!

 

About The Guest

 

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Meetu Gulati is a dear friend who happens to be very creative too and always a source of inspiration for me. I’m genuinely motivated by her enthusiasm especially the way she celebrates any Indian festival. We all need friends like her. I’m glad I have her in my life . For some DIY crafts do check her Facebook Page .

This article is apart of Ethnic Series : Ethnic Mama which I’m doing on my blog.

Ethnic Mama 1  ( Introduction To Indian Festival Season)

Ethnic Mama 2  ( SareeBuying Tips)

Ethnic Mama 3  (Different Saree Drapes)

 

Rise And Shine !!

 

 

 

21 Comments

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  2. Very well written ! I started fasting 5 years back when I married a Punjabi Munda! That is the only fast I follow in the year ! I enjoy the pampering like the henna the dressing up aspect a lot as that makes you feel like a new bride for that day
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  3. Interesting post, learned some new things today, thanks for sharing!!

  4. I’m fascinated by the culture of India, so thank you for this amazing post! Xo

  5. This is such an interesting post! I had never heard of the the Karwachauth festival before. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love this– I really enjoyed learning about Karwachauth! Beautiful pictures too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Great post!! I don’t know much about Indian culture so this gave me a good insight into the wedding tradition! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Happy KC. Nice read !

  9. Oh wow! This is such an interesting post! I also love your images.

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  10. Beautiful post. Didn’t know the significance of many of those. Thanks for sharing

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