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The word Karwa means ‘earthen pot’ and Chauth means ‘fourth day’. The earthen pot which is used during the rituals is a symbol of prosperity and well being. Hence, the name Karwa Chauth is given to this day.
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October 30th 2015 marks the date of Karwa Chauth [also known as Karak Chaturthi (करक चतुर्थी)] this year in India (& all over for Indian Married women who keep it and believe in the fasting).
The Festival of Karwa Chauth fasting is done during Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the Hindu month of Kartik by INDIAN Married Women (most of them being HINDU, Jain , Sikh amongst others) and according to Amanta calendar followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Southern India it is Ashwin month which is current during Karwa Chauth.
However, it is just the name of the month which differs and in all Indian states this Festival of Karwa Chauth is observed on the same day. This ritual of celebrating Karva Chauth is largely followed in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, to name a few.
Karwa Chauth coincides with Sankashti Chaturthi a fasting day observed for Lord Ganesha. The fasting of Karwa Chauth and its rituals are observed by married women for the long life of their husband. Married women worship Lord Shiva and His family including Lord Ganesha and break the fast only after sighting and making the offerings to the moon. The fasting on the day of Karwa Chauth is strict and observed without taking any food or even a drop of water after sunrise till the sighting of the moon in the night.
Karwa Chauth day is also known as Karak Chaturthi (करक चतुर्थी). Karwa or Karak refers to the earthen pot through which water offering, known as Argha (अर्घ), is made to the moon. Karwa is very significant during Puja and it is also given as Dan to the Brahmin or any eligible woman.
Compare to South Indian states, Karwa Chauth is more popular in North Indian states.
Fourth day after Karwa Chauth Mothers fast again(some for half a day and some till the evening and after the Pooja they eat it), fast named as Ahoi Ashtami Vrat(fast) is observed for the wellbeing of their Children(earlier and still in some regions it is done for only son’s, however now the fast is kept for any a boy or a girl).