Karwachoth

Karwachoth

October-November; fourth day of waning half of Hindu month of Kartika
Observed by married women in Hindu families, the Karwachoth festival is a day-long fast in honor of the Hindu god Shiva and goddess Parvati, whom they hope will bring prosperity and long life to their husbands. It is also a time for mothers to bless their married daughters and present them with gifts. Virgins and widows are not allowed to participate in the celebrations, which begin at dawn when the women bathe and put on new clothes. The day is devoted to worshipping Shiva and Parvati, and the fast is broken at night when the moon rises.
See also Savitri-Vrata
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 623
RelHolCal-2004, p. 178
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