So well here we are, on this auspicious occasion of ‘Karvachauth’.
I know I got a bit late in posting this as Karvachauth was yesterday (19-10-2016). But if only I had all my time for writing there wouldn’t have been such delays.
DISCLAIMER – I have nothing against Karvachauth and respect those ladies who celebrate this day. It’s just one of the funny takes of mine on it.
To all my Indian readers, you already know what it is.
But my other readers, who don’t share the land of my nation, I will just give you the crux of this day.
It is the day when all married ladies or even unmarried (in the hope of getting A-OK husband) keep fast (which includes not drinking water too) for a whole day, for the long-life of their husbands. When moon appears at night, these ladies break their fast after doing some prayers and finally drink water and eat food.
So tough. Right? I know.
Ironically I find it both funny and sad at the same time, that this is the night when moon always makes its late-entry comparatively to the other nights. It always acts like a villain to these ladies, solely this night. Poor ladies.
It really is one of the most-celebrated festivals in India, maybe just trailing behind Diwali. Of course, it has to be considered as a festival as it makes Indians especially ladies to buy the prerequisites of this festival which have the potential of putting huge dents in their wallets.
But what really interests me more is the preparation for this day instead of this day itself. 😉
To start with the list, we will begin with clothing. Though this is a one-day celebration, but clothes are bought keeping the whole year in mind, I guess. 😀
How is it possible to let go off Footwear shops. I mean wearing new clothes without the matching pair of sandals or heels or pumps (I don’t know the names of other varieties). :p
Then we also have the duty of bolstering the earnings of cosmetics shops. So after clothing we proceed there to buy bangles which will cost some hefty amount from one’s pocket. These ‘TOOOO’ expensive bangles will be worn only on this one day of the year. Of course, new pair will be bought for next year’s occasion. How can you even think of ‘Repetition’? 😀
I mentioned bangles because these are the major attractions for this day, but there are other beautifying ornaments too which I am unaware of.
When it comes to some wealthy families’ ladies, they might spend some good amount in jewelry shops too. After all, how will these jewelers grow without their contribution. But middle-class people manage to work-out with some artificial sets, provided they are the new ones.
The business of road-side Henna–walas/walis bloom during this time. At every nook and corner we can see ladies getting their hands painted with henna (mehndi). The only people I feel sorry for are who don’t like the odor of henna. I am sure they curse this period of time when this odor haunts them.
Last but not the least – The beauty parlor session. Of course, it has to be the last otherwise all the hard work and time spent in that parlor might go unnoticed. 😉
Even these parlors’ owners take full advantage of this season by providing some special offers, blazing that customers’ money will be saved. But through such offers these owners will be the ones who will be benefitted at the end. But I don’t have anything against them. After all they are not in the market to serve you with win-win situation.
But then again there are ladies, like my mom, who are too cool to even get into special clothes. (laughing out loud) 😀
Cheers to such ladies. Pun intended. Come on lady, at least dress up. 😀
P.S. – On a serious note, I would like to share my belief on this day. I am fine with all those who keep these fasts willingly, whose body allows them to do so. But I have seen many girls and ladies whose body doesn’t allow them and still they push themselves to such an extent that they faint by the end of the day.
I personally don’t believe in the fact that this day’s fast, in any way, extends the life of one’s partner. It’s all about faith. If you want to express you love and respect to your partner then there are other ways too, than fasting for him. But if you feel that through fasting you can express your love better, go with it.
In fact, I would suggest you not to keep fast and go out to your favorite restaurant, grab your favorite area to sit, and enjoy the feast as most of the restaurant would be empty. Ok, that was not an intended pun. Really try what I said. 😉 😀
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