Karva Chauth is an annual one-day festival celebrated by married Hindu women where in they observe a fast for longevity, well-being and prosperity of their husbands.
The term ‘Chauth’ means the ‘fourth day’ and ‘Karwa’ is an earthen pot with a spout – a symbol of peace and prosperity. This is a strict fast in which women abstain from food and water for the whole day from sunrise to moon rise. At night when the moon appears, women break their fast after offering water to the moon.
Karva Chauth fast or Karva Chauth Vrata is mainly observed in Indian states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Indian Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
When is Karva Chauth Celebrated ?
Karva Chauth is celebrated on the fourth day of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Kartik or krishna paksh which is around October-November which generally falls nine days prior to the festival of lights – Diwali the Hindu calendar.
Karva Chauth 2016 Date :
In 2016, Karva Chauth festival will be celebrated on Wednesday, 19th October 2016.