If you have grown up watching Dharma Production or Sooraj Barjatya movies, you are well aware of this tradition - but for those who don’t know, Karva Chauth is a Hindu festival, traditionally celebrated by married women.
|For some reason, Bollywood loves Karva Chauth. [Photo: YouTube screengrab]|
Celebrated mostly in the north Indian states, Karva Chauth is basically a fast that women participate in, to pray for the health and long-life of their spouses. The fast starts at sunrise and is broken at moonrise. And the first bite is traditionally fed to the women by their husbands, or Shah Rukh Khan (if DDLJ is to be taken into account).
This fast, that includes not consuming even a single drop of water, is followed by feasting and other festivities. Needless to say, this Hindu tradition has received a lot of flak in recent years (mostly social media) for being regressive and patriarchal.
So, between outraging about the regressive tradition that forces women to stay hungry and popular culture romanticising it, here is some well-needed comic relief:
Doing reverse karwa chauth today so basically eating everything and reducing my own life w/ blocked arteries & diabetes. ????— Poopriya ???? (@supaarwoman) October 19, 2016
This karwa chauth I'm going to be a good husband and do what my wife will be doing. (Both of us will be hogging all day)— अंशुल (@Ghair_Kanooni) October 19, 2016
I feel like pathology labs are missing a trick by not offering special Karva Chauth discounts on 12 hour fasting blood sugar tests— Rohan (@mojorojo) October 19, 2016
Karva Chauth is the only diet where the health benefits go to someone else.— Kautuk Srivastava (@Cowtuk) October 19, 2016
Today I will just go to restaurants and say "Karwa Chauth, karwa chauth, karwa chauth" three times to the waiter.— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) October 19, 2016
Someone intelligent came up with "You also fast for her if she is fasting for you" instead of "How about neither of you fast?" #KarwaChauth— Pranav (@pranavsapra) October 19, 2016
You like girls who fast but not fast girls. Goes to show that women either got to be left either hungry or horny in order to please you.— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) October 19, 2016