Ever since she saw the video of Chand Chupa Badal Mein from Hum Dil Chuke Sanam, she has been waiting to celebrate this festival by decking up for a loving husband, who will be by her side.
Today, Srabanti will keep her first Karva Chauth fast for Roshan Singh, whom she married in April this year. In a chat with CT, the Bengali girl-turned-Punjabi bride shares her excitement, celebration plans and explains what this day means to her. Excerpts: This is your first Karva Chauth. How do you plan to celebrate the day?
Finally, the day is here! So, I will start the day by having some sewai before sunrise, cooked by my mother-in-law. I will observe a fast throughout the day and finally break it after seeing the moon. It will be followed by some rituals. I’m eagerly waiting for that romantic moment when Roshan will help me break my fast. O amake nijer haathe khawabe! After that, he will be taking us out for dinner too. On Wednesday, Roshan made me feel so loved when he came up to feed me seeing I had mehendi on my hands.
I was touched by this gesture. My sister-in-law, despite being married to a Bengali, fasts on Karva Chauth. She and my other in-laws are here to celebrate this occasion with us, so it’s like one big party for our family. My mother-in-law has gifted me a red and gold sari, glass bangles,
sindoor, rings for toe fingers, alta and a whole lot of other stuff for Karva Chauth. I’m so excited! We have seen many husbands fast for their wives too. Is Roshan going to follow suit? No way. However, he has promised not to eat in front of me. But that doesn’t mean he loves me any less.
The reasons for observing a fast on Karva Chauth vary from woman to woman. What is it for you? I think this festival is just a way of expressing your love and dedication for your husband and his family.
I have heard that historically Karva Chauth was celebrated with prayers for the long life of soldiers going to wars. Now it is observed by wives for the long life of their husbands. ETimes