Karvachauth

Romance has no age or time. Nothing beats romance during a festival time.

Karvachauth is another romance, which originated years ago in India during the harvest time. It originated when the man would go to collect the crops, and his woman would pray for his safe return.


She fasts on the day her man would leave to collect the reap and not eat or drink anything during the day. As a celebration; she would apply henna on her hands/feet.

In the Evening, all the fasting women would meet up all dressed up in the best of jewelry and attire (just like a Girls Night Out) These women sing songs amidst admiring each other's apparels.

After mingling with their friends and sharing laughters; these women head home and wait up for the moon to rise. On the rise, of the moon; these women will start to eat/drink. They even get a gift from their better half since; they fasted and prayed for the safety of them.

There sure is a folk tale behind this but, I wanted to concentrate on the main aspect of this romance between a couple which involved fasting for her lover but also getting an opportunity to dress up and meet up with all friends.

In my opinion; this is a terrific time to socialize in the best of attire and fast (lose a couple of calories) and rejoice and get a booty from your better half.

No wonder; this Romance is still ongoing in various parts of the world :)

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Glad to have read this and link to this wonderful indian culture. I love the [is it] painting or tattoo. Great pictures too. Well written!


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NiaLee 4 years ago from BIG APPLE

I knew about the process because I have watched a lot of Indian movies...though I am glad I got to know exactly why the woman fast and the opportunity it is to show love, share with friends and shine. It yolks the couple in a wonderful way...I would love to try.

May we all be blessed


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Ubani,

Glad you liked it.

Those are tattoos made of henna. They usually last a few days and fade away since; are not permanent.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Nialee,

'Am glad that you liked it. Sure, give it a try...this fasting occurs around the month of October.

Wishing you joy and peace!


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Ruchira,

Greetings from MAKUSR. You are doing a fine job of bringing the great Indian culture before the world. The photos you have used are good. Ever wondered why all the fasting is done by women. Rarely by men. One of my elderly relatives fasts half a week all the 52 weeks a year! You have a flow in your writing. Voted Up! As far as romance is concerned I don't know how many arranged Indian marriages have romance in them.

LOts of Love,

MAKUSR


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ruchira - thank you that is so interesting! And it is romantic:). I have my husbands initials tattood on my body - I told him it was soI could make sure he went to the grave with me:) that marriage license is paper on the wind....


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Makusr,

A very good point raised...men do not fast and women do!!

I guess our Indian Culture demands it and women just do it without questioning (duh!)

I kinda dis-agree on your comment that Arranged marriages don't have romance in them... the definition of romance needs to be thought over...it's the small sacrifices and gestures of kindness towards each other that ignites the romance and spark. Again...Love does Grow with Age and learning to prioritize that; makes all the difference :)

Once again thank you for your valuable comment...it was truly appreciated!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi RHW,

I liked the Tattoo thing...might just try it ;-) since; I agree that the license is just a paper...lol

Yes, I find the above very romantic too esp when the woman is fasting and secretly losing all those excessive calories the glee feeling the man has that she is doing it for him...is priceless!

And not to forget that the woman gets all adorned for the Evening out with her Friends ;-)

Thanks for dropping by :)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very interesting. I love to learn of other cultures. This sounds like a win-win situition, party and booty. HaHa...Thank you.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

ahaa...that is the word that I was missing...win win situation...lol

thanks for sharing your priceless comment Ruby. Always a pleasure to hear from you :)


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

whoever said there is no romance in an arranged marriage?i had an arranged marriage 31 years back and she still sends goosebumps down my spine when we hold hands (and of course makes my hair stand at end with fright when she is angry)and yes the latest trend is for men to fast for their wives too.i haev been at least for the last 8-9 years. as per Hindu thought women fast to get the same husband in the next 7 lives - i could do with the same wife for the next 7 too.(known devil and all that i guess!!!)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Neeleshkulkarni,

Such a beautiful comment and appreciation for your better half..all I can say is way to go!!

Wishing you bountiful of happiness with her.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Ruchira, I made a comment earlier but it doesn't seem to be here, so I am back again!

I love the henna tattoo, it's beautiful as is this article and so romantic!

Thank you for sharing, best wishes MM


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi MM,

Such a pleasure to hear from ya...thanks for stopping by!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

What a beautiful article and so completely romantic. It is wonderful to learn about other cultures and I so enjoyed this hub. Voting up and pressing those buttons too.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...wow you've got the love doctor here - herself in the beautiful presence of ACAETNNA - and yes this hub subject is beautiful too and so very worthy of being posted to my Facebook page with a direct link back here so people will notice the special skill and care you have in putting your hubs together so well - lake erie time ontario canada 9:39pm


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Acaetnna,

I know love and you signify so much since your hubs specialize in that field thus, a praise coming from an expert means a lot :)

Thank you!!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Epi,

Glad to see your original profile pix back :)

Thank you for stopping by.

However, I dunno why my FB tab above the hub does not signify that it has been clicked...lol


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

up, awesome, and interesting article Ruchira. I love the romantic side to this article. I don't know if I have ever said this before, but you are a great writer. You really capture me in your articles. Great stuff:)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Lyricwriter,

Always a pleasure to hear from you and your beautiful thoughts. Thank you for your kind comment!

Wishing you PEace!


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Kawaljit kaur 4 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

Ruchira

Hi

Gone through your hub.A beautiful one. If you go back in ancient times, it really reflects the epitome of romance but in fact how many Indian women and of course the men also refresh themselves with this feeling on this day.

Best Wishes


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Kawaljit,

Yes, so true. We hardly look into the depth of anything these days...just want to follow the tradition 'cause that's the way!

Thanks for stopping by!


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

I have seen my mom, my aunts and grandmom keep this fast since i was born and it gives me a thrill in me thinking i would do same one day for my husband. It is not only romance but it does show real love and sacrifice a woman can make for her mate.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Sweetie1,

Pleasure to see you and your sweet comment. Yes, this is a wonderful fast yet, celebration. I am glad that you are looking fwd to it.

Wishing you a good partner in your life...cheers!


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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

Enjoyed reading your article.Keep it up. Excellent. Voted up


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Ruchi. 'Am glad that you liked it.

Cheers!


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rambansal 4 years ago from India

beautiful pics and narration. thanks for sharing this indian tradition..


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Rambansal,

Pleasure to see you. Thank you for stopping by!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Awesome hub Ruchira.

I really enjoy hearing folk tales from different cultures.

My sister is married to a Hindu, and his mother paints these tattoos/art for a living. I heard it's quite lucrative. She's paid a lot of things with the money she's generated from doing this.

Take care

John


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Now that's some serious artwork! Thank you for sharing!!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Ruchira , I must say Indian women are just plain beautiful! The mystery of hidden beauty , and this hub ! Magical !....thank you for sharing the story!.....:-}


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

i heard a lovely rejoinder to the karva chauth celebrations the other day.

there was this stand up comedian who was saying "our wives keep this fast for our long lives, which means our lives are determined by their fasts.If they decide to break the fast poooof off we go.""My wife", he said,"asked for gold bangles at the last karva chauth and when i refused she just got a piece of bread from the kitchen and threatened to eat it and break the fast midway!!!! what ever could i do in this life threatening situation?"said he," i had to give in"


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rambansal 4 years ago from India

Thanks, my dear Ruchira, for reminding the world about this pious Indian tradition at the most opportune moment of Valentine day.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

I loved the mehendi designs. So pretty! Thanks for sharing! :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi John,

Yes, this profession sure pays back quite a lot :)

I am glad to hear about your sister. Thanks for stopping by with your valuable feedback :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Linda,

Oh yeah, it is some serious artwork and also pays quite a bit :)

Thanks for stopping by!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi ahorseback,

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, my friend!

I am happy that this hub was a delight to you!

Thanks for stopping by :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

haha...good one Neeleshkulkarni.

However, with modernism our tradition is slowly disappearing and the no. of families that fast has decreased but, old is gold and it feels good to hear these myths...lol

Thanks for sharing this joke...it was a delight to hear from you!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

The intricate Henna patterns are just beautiful. They must have very steady hands. I can't even paint my fingernails without getting it everywhere.

Lovely romantic traditions and the Indian ladies look amazing. Thank you for sharing Ruchira, my votes to you.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello rambansal

Thank you for appreciating the above. Always a pleasure to get ur insight.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Rani

I am glad you like the above

thank you!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Annie

Yup, the same with me. Can't paint my finger nails with steady hands....lol

It sure is an intrinsic art but beautiful indeed.

Btw...good to see a lovely profile pix of yours...keep smiling!

Peace and joy to you!


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

You are welcome :).


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is so useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. I voted way up! Those ladies rock so hard. OH!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wonderful hub explaining this festival, Ruchira. Lovely photos too.

Voted up, useful and beautiful.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub with attractive photos! I have heard and seen this unique festival in movies & tv-serials! I agree with you that this festival is romantic! My favorite Karvachauth scene is from the superhit movie 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'!

Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks IntegrityYes,

Thanks Rajan. I want to check out your hub on KC. Will swing by soon.

Thanks ishwaryaa. Yes, it a nice way to appreciate your better half and still have fun ;)


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geetbhim 3 years ago from Ludhiana India

I like the design of mehandi on hand and feet it is lovely. I do agree that karwa chauth is a festival more of romance, I do co-relate this with valentines day. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and interesting hub.

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