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Cultural Analysis Of The Indian Women's Festival Of Karvachauth, Puja Sahney May 2006

Cultural Analysis Of The Indian Women's Festival Of Karvachauth, Puja Sahney

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The festival of Karvachauth is celebrated by upper class married women of North India and occurs in the month of October or early November. On this day married women fast to ensure the long lives of their husbands. They wake up before dawn and eat a meal. After sunrise they do not drink water or eat any food until they see the moon at night. The moon is watched through a sieve and prayed to before breaking the fast. An important part of Karvachauth is a ritual that is performed by women in the afternoon. This ritual is hosted by ...