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In India, Karva Chauth is a very significant festival, especially for married women. Hindu women in northern India observe this festival for a full day.

This is a festival which is observed in October or November. This year it will be celebrated on 13th October.  Married women keep fasts on this day in hopes of their husband’s long life and health. On Karva Chauth, newly-wed women receive ‘Sargi’ from her mother-in-law which includes cosmetic materials, pre-dawn meal etc.

At night, a married woman first sees the moon through a sieve, or “chalni,” then her husband through the same sieve, and finally she gives the moon “arghya”. After that the husband breaks her fast by feeding her with water and food. The festival is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm.