I Don’t Fast During Karwa Chauth
Those words changed my mind. I questioned Karwa Chauth.
We all sat in a circle as we adjusted our lehengas. The sound of our bangles and the soft tune of the folk songs overpowered the sound of our growling tummies. We awaited the moon every Karwa Chauth. It was a tradition I followed because others did. At first it was my family and then my friends and my neighbours did. I never bothered to give it much thought. Why would I? It was an occasion to dress up in my wedding lehenga that still fitted me (thankfully), call a few friends over, and participate in traditional ceremonies and the mesmerizing story.
My husband never insisted nor did he ever accompany me to fast in the celebration. I never expected it, but deep down though I did wish he would, just as a romantic gesture. But that is surely not the reason why just a few words changed my mind.
For a big foodie like me, a little food abstinence did no harm. It was a bit tough but nothing that I couldn’t manage. I am always willing to give fasting a try during Navratri and Shivratri. My husband’s long life has and will always be in my prayers that I do every day. Then why did I celebrate Karwa Chauth? I asked myself this for the very first time only after this question came from my four-year-old, who was observing my every decision, my every move.
“Why do all the Mommies stay hungry?” Asked the little curious one.
“To pray for the long life of the Daddies.” I replied.
“So my wife will stay hungry and I will get a long life?” He said with a big smile and a sparkle in his innocent eyes. “What about your long life?” he added. I just smiled.
For my family’s long life I ensure we all exercise. I cut down and the oily junk and schedule regular doctor visits.
I am not sure if I gave the best answer to my son. So, I started a bit of soul searching to find out why I celebrated our tradition. I am very proud of my culture and I ensure that I instill this pride and traditional values to my child as well.
For every festival, I attempt to understand and appreciate the reason, the values and the heritage that accompanies it.
To do or not to do the fast? It was always my choice. And I made it. My logic is still unsatisfied. Till then my prayers, healthy practices and our karma will guide our lives.
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