Today we celebrated our 3rd Karwa Chauth 🌕
We stayed at home again instead of going to the temple, because #newborn; but the foundation of the ceremony was the same. Each year I'm appreciating it more and more; as it's a chance for me to show my husband how thankful I am for him, and to intentionally pray for his good health and long (happy) life ❤️ I love you @pushkar300
Karwa Chauth is a Hindu festival where many married, Hindu women in North India seek the blessings of God for their husband's long life (and blessings for their family in general). It happens the night after the harvest moon. Some women fast all day (no food no water), some eat a meal before sunrise and then fast the rest of the day, but depending on your situation you can partake in the fast as much or little as is healthy for you then. You can wear whatever you want, but it can be nice if for your first Karwa Chauth you wear your wedding gown; red is always good as it is the color of love (most wedding gowns are red as well). The women assemble at a temple, give their offerings to the God, and then sit in a circle together, the legend is told during what is called a Puja. During the telling of the legend the women pass around their bayas (the plate that has a variety of things on it, seen in the pictures) around the circle, this is when the prayers for the husbands happen. There are more details to all of that but that's the general idea. After that part of the ceremony, you wait for the moon to rise; once it has risen the wives will say another prayer for her husband, offer water to the moon, and you look at their husband through a sieve; then the fast is broken and a big dinner is eaten.
I love that the focus of your love for your husband and family is what drives this festival ❤️