married woman celebrates Karva Chauth by observing a fast for the
long life of her husband. And above all is the 'Shringar' that includes
applying henna and adorning the bridal makeup.
A fast that ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of
their husbands, the festival of Karwa Chauth provides an opportunity
for all married women to get close to their in-laws. Possessing
a tremendous social and cultural significance, this festival is
celebrated by keeping fast, applying henna and exchange of gifts.
Celebrated mostly by North Indians, the event of Karwa Chauth is
growing bigger with each passing day. Along with traditional items
such as henna, beauty products and fashionable clothes, the demand
of special eateries are also gearing up. Nowadays, Karwa Chauth
is more of fun than a serious festival.
The festivities surrounding Karwa Chauth encourage people to gather
and socialize with friends and family, exchange gifts and share
home-cooked meals. The gifts exchanged on this occasion reflects
joy, splendor, brightness and happiness of a married life.
Henna symbolizes luck and prosperity. Thus, decorating hand and
feet by creating beautiful designs out of henna paste is one of
the most common tradition on all occasion. As Karwa Chauth is meant
for married woman, the significance of henna increases manifold.