Ah yes. Karva Chauth or India’s Valentine’s Day (hereby referred to as “The Fast”) is a one day celebration during wheat sowing time and on the fourth day of the full moon. On this day, a lady observes a fast from sunrise to moonrise when she can eat or drink nothing till she sees the moon and her husband’s face. She eats sargi (dry fruits, kheer etc.) and drinks water only during the wee hours before dawn starts breaking. Sargi is traditionally made by the mother in law (if the lady is staying with her) and the lady then goes to her parent’s house to celebrate the day with her mother, relatives and friends who gather. It is celebrated by married or engaged women (and now days by women in love) to ensure longevity of their partner’s lives. It has been glamorized by Bollywood as a romantic gesture and by our 9 PM prime time soaps.
It is an important day for a newly married woman as the entire family from her husband’s side shower her with gifts and clothes before she leaves for her maiden home.
However, a day without food and water in a tropical country is asking for a lot of crankiness and low blood pressure especially if you get to know the bajuwaali aunty has been gossiping about you. So how do you make the day of The Fast bearable? Here are some tips and tricks so you don’t end up shooting your partner on site-
Applying mehndi / henna is a traditional ritual. Why not keep a henna party or just a get together with friends and relatives with music and good food? It will help in having a pleasant memory plus with all the food, you might not even feel hungry the next day.
THEME PARTIES ARE ALWAYS A HIT
Keep a nice dinner party with fun themes like a Village Belle theme or a Mythological Theme. This will get people excited about the day rather than looking at it with foreboding and dread.
Cities like Indore have started observing pre and post The Fast parties. Here the women get together in all their finery for a bit of merriment.
A SMALL TRIP WITH YOUR PARTNER WILL CHEER YOU UP
If it’s a weekend (like how it is this year), why not get out of town to a romantic location? With so many new sights to see your mind will be occupied and you and your partner can have the much needed alone time.
ANY EXCUSE TO SHOP IS A LEGITIMATE EXCUSE
Make plans with your friends or relatives to go jewellery and clothes shopping. It is always fun to wear new stuff on such days. And hey, any excuse to shop is a legitimate excuse.
Gather with friends and partners to observe the moon rise before you finally dig into the rich, fried food you have been dreaming about since morning.
RAISE THE EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT
Being hungry for your partner helps you in emotionally blackmailing him/ her. You can get that diamond ring you wanted or that gaming console, depending on your interests.
WATCH MOVIES AND BURN THOSE CALORIES
Did you know watching scary movies burns more calories? Call your friends and relatives over the previous night or during the day of The Fast to watch scary movies and watch that weight drop.
If nothing works, get all emotional and threaten your partner to keep the fast with you. In this day and age of equality, is your life not important as well?
Note for – SPOUSES AND PARTNERS
Kindly do not ignore your significant other’s attempt to lengthen your life span. Shower them with gifts and love. Pamper them with a spa voucher. Offer to cook for them the next day. Get chocolate with customized wrappers with their names embossed.
If you are away make sure you speak to them either through video calling or (in a more stone age-esque way) via a normal phone call and send them flowers. If your salary permits, give them a piece of jewellery. And the best of all, please be patient and try to observe The Fast with them as the most romantic and final gesture. They do a lot for you, and it is just one day that you have to do something in return.
Having said that, all you unmarried in-love couples, take the opportunity to park your vehicles at Worli Sea Face or Reclamation or other romantic spots in your cities because this is the one day when the moral police and the political parties will not remove their pitch forks and swords to slaughter people like you. If you are caught you can always say you are observing The Fast and there is no other spot in this polluted city with its tall skyscrapers to look at the moon. Hey no one argues with tradition in our country.
Note to self…all the single ladies- Fret not. The real Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Be depressed then. It is not like you are dying to starve to death, are you?
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