(Pic adopted from Karwachauth)
Today is Karva Chauth - a Northie festival similar to South India's "Varalakshmi Viratham". Married women fast the whole day for the well-being of the husband.... (Pullarikkuthu)
Husband-kaaga wife viratham irukkira madhiri why not the other way around? The answer, IMHO, lies in the male-dominated society's customs, inherited for generations. The husband feels 'special' when wife fasts for him.
Karva Chauth has been made famous through a lot of Hindi movies over the last 10 years, beginning DDLJ.
(Pic adopted from Idlebrain)
Even Selvaraghavan has shown the festival in '7/G Rainbow Colony'. (Cha.. adhey Azhudhu vadinjufying Sonia).
Karvachauth for dummies:
* The performer (I mean, wife, or simply 'she') can eat some snacks before the dawn.
* After sunrise, she is not supposed to eat or drink anything
* An hour or two before sunset, pooja begins and 'story-telling' etc. happens
* Once moon appears, she goes to a open area (e.g. terrace), sees the moon through the sieves and then her husband (sometimes, the reflection of the husband on a still water).
* Husband gives her water to drink, breaking the fast.
* A good happy dinner with sweets, etc.
Happy Karvachauth to whoever celebrated or is celebrating it today!!! :-)