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8 Weird Reasons Why Some Women Observe KarvaChauth

posted by Mommy Tincture October 8, 2017 16 Comments


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As a young girl KarwaChauth for me was a day when my mom took a break from the routine chores in the house. This was because, with an entire day of stringent fasting ahead of her, she just couldn’t be bothered with discipline. I used to look forward to the evening when my mother and aunts from the neighborhood used to come together to do an hour long puja by rotating glittering thalis (plates) that comprised various signs of their Suhaag. I really did marvel at how nicely each one of them dressed up in their best outfits and dedicated this day in honour of their love for their husbands.

Also, I often wondered that when I grew up and got married, would I ever have the dedication to bear hunger for one full day for my husband’s sake? That was then. A couple of years later, I began to question the logic and validity of it all. I remember my Mom’s wide-eyed stern-faced reaction when I asked her “How can my fasting add years to another man’s life?” (I sometimes think this could really be a Noble Peace Prize winning research if it could come up with a tangent root-cause correlation)

Several years wiser and married I am still seeking an answer to the question that my very-innocent mind had once asked my mom. But now I know better! While some women do believe in the divinity of observing this fast (and trust me, I have no hard feelings against them), I know many a beings of the fairer sex who observe this fast for various reasons. Take a trip down this weird lane of weirder reasons

Here is my list:

1. Because my mother-in-law expects me to, for her son’s sake. I’d just do it rather than argue with her


2. Because I can then claim a Karva Chauth gift from my husband (or coax him into making me feel special) 

3. It’s a good opportunity to detoxify and lose some calories
4. It gives me an opportunity to flaunt my best traditional dress at the community celebration.

5. It makes for an amazing selfie

6. It’s fun to patronize the moon along with the husband. Let the moon have some fun too

7. (this ones from those living abroad) It’s one more reason to feel a little Indian

8. Because I completely get (the pun) how my fasting can add a few years to my man’s life

Disclaimer: This post does not intend to hurt the feelings of those who observe KarwaChauth with absolute dedication and fondness. I myself observe this fast and I feel its my way of thanking God for giving me a loving and understanding husband. Also, I feel that if a Valentine’s Day is valid and accepted, KarwaChauth is an Indian and a culturally mainstream version of the same. Tell us your reasons for observing fast on KarwaChauth. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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16 Comments

Durga Prasad Dash October 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Loved your different take on the celebration.

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Asha Seth October 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

I enjoyed the rather pratical take on the ritual.

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Winsant October 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Nice fun read…

Enjoyed it,,,,,,

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NEHA JAIN October 9, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Haha.. funny yet true for many women. Loved reading it. The gifs acted as a bonus to the post.

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Mamatha dilip October 10, 2017 at 3:02 am

This post made me laugh for a minute. So beautifully written with a tinge of quirkiness. Those gifs made my day

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Mommy Tincture October 10, 2017 at 9:31 am

Glad that you liked the gifs. That was my first post with gifs.

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Melani Rayen October 10, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Hilarious post..Loved your beautifully written post

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Ophira October 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Hilarious post 😊 All the gifs were so relevant too ! I liked this compilation. 😊

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Charu Sareen October 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Haha! That was a fun read. We have all the silly and serious reasons to observe this fast!

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Neha @growingwithnemit October 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

That’s a fun read, am happy someone wrote on this topic and in this hilarious way. I don’t observe fast but I still love my husband to the moon and back and respect him to the core. And I have no hard feelings for those who fast for their husbands.

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Mommy Tincture October 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

That’s a cool spirit to carry Neha! Thanks.

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Soumya Rajpal Bhalla October 11, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Haha… super funny post, but sadly true!!!

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Shipra Trivedi October 12, 2017 at 12:45 am

Loved this post. And all those giffies are making it super cool.

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Deepa October 12, 2017 at 7:17 am

Haha..these are all actually the reasons for some to observe the fast. Nobody knows the exact logic but we all follow this ritual for the love of our life.

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Nayantara Hegde October 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm

hahahah very funny post. I love the gifs man. I think the gift part is tempting me to fast too although we dont have this in our community.

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Disha Bhandari October 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Hilarious! I’d do it too for the weight losing thing. Great post.

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