Awesome Story: My first Karwachauth experience- British Hindu woman speaks her Heart out

Today was my first Karva Chauth and also my first fast! Karva Chauth is an annual Hindu festival observed by married women. The women fast from sunrise until moon rise on the fourth day after the full moon in the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar (usually October/November) to ensure the long life, well-being and prosperity of their husbands (health insurance policy? ;D


I am really proud of myself for being able to complete this fast without cheating. I get so moody and short tempered without food. I have TRIED to fast before (fad diets etc.) and always given up way before lunch time, this time though my fast had a purpose- my husband. My husband was unable to be with me so we stayed up on Skype until I could see the moon. The internet told me that moonrise would be at 8.16pm but it wasn’t until 9.30pm until I found it.

The moon was hiding behind a couple of houses so I had to put Skype on my mobile phone so I could walk across the road with my husband in hand to get a glimpse of the moon. I wonder what people were thinking, a woman in Indian dress running around, mobile phone in hand, looking up at the sky? Then I ate a lot of chocolate!

I hope all the ladies who fasted for Karva Chauth enjoyed their day and their feast!!

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