October can well be called the Festival Month in India. First comes the Durga Puja/Navratras followed by Dussera. And now it is time for Karva Chauth – the famous festival where married women fast the entire day and break it only in the evening upon seeing the moon and their husband. Hmmm…couldn’t get more romantic than this, right?
Much romanticized in celluloid too, Karva Chauth has, over the years, ‘possessed’ ladies (do excuse the pun) across states in India. It may be noted that Karva Chauth is essentially a festival of North India and parts of the Gujarat state. And hence, you will find ladies even from Bengal or South India vowing to take the day-long fast for their husbands. Is this for love, you may wonder? Or romance? Or the opportunity to dress up like a bride once again? If you ask me, I think it is all of these and more. It is the strong sense of belonging to one’s roots and tradition.
This year, Karva Chauth falls tomorrow i.e., 22nd October. And so, most women were busy getting their facials, pedicures and manicures done over the last couple of days. Today, they queued up for mehendi – the art of decorating one’s palm, hands and feet with mehendi paste that leaves a strong orange colour upon drying.
I couldn’t resist the temptation of catching the women in their ‘preparatory mode’. And hence, ran down with my camera for a couple of shots. Notice the little girls with mehendi in their hands. Just goes on to prove, girls will be girls.
Tomorrow, hoping to catch a few shots of all the ladies fasting and yet looking gorgeous.