Oct. 30, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
Karwa Chauth 2020: All you need to know about traditional sargi thali
New Delhi: Karwa Chauth is indeed one of the most popular festivals of India, where married women observe a full day of fast for the well-being of their husbands, praying that the Almighty blesses their ‘Suhaag’.
The fast generally begins after the pre-dawn meal called ‘Sargi’ and is broken only when the moon shows itself at night.
The festival has been a symbol of love and now even men keep the fast for the well-being and long lives of their wives. Moreover, even un-married women and men don’t refrain from fasting for their loved ones.
After waking up, people generally begin their day with an early morning prayer. Later, they take a bath and then they consume a nutritious meal called ‘Sargi’ before dawn as they aren’t supposed to consume anything after sunrise.
Now, Sargi is a symbol of love and blessings in a form of platter sent by the mother-in-law to her daughter-in-law before the fast begins. Other items of ‘suhag’ like saree, jewellery’ sindoor, bangles are sent along with the delicious and nutritious thali.
It generally consists of fruits, mathri, sevaiyyan, kheer or phirni, dry fruits like almonds and cashews, desserts, sweets, coconut, poori or parathas, a bowl of curry, and a glass of juice or coconut water.
The meal provides wholesome nutrition to the body before a day-long fast. It provides a well-balanced meal of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Coconut water, containing electrolytes is great for digestion and for keeping the body hydrated, is also consumed.
At many places, women meet up to celebrate the vrat together, read the kathas collectively and also offer prayer wishing for the heath of long-life of their partner. This year women will observe the fast on November 4.
Later, in the evening women wait for the moon and break their fast only after sighting it. They first see the moon through a sieve and then their husband, ton seek filtered light and godly blessings. The women generally break the fast after sipping water by her husband.