With the arrival of Navratri, the festive season began in India. Navratri is followed by Dussehra, Karva Chauth, Dhanteras, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and more and let’s not forget the wedding season. A few days ago, we shared some tips on how to fashion your saree and we hope you can put those tips to use as Karva Chauth is tomorrow, 27th October 2018.
Karva Chauth is a festival when Hindu married as well as engaged women fast for the long life of their better half’s. It is celebrated widely across Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. To celebrate Karva Chauth, women adorn themselves in new clothes that look rich – mostly red and gold. They also apply henna/mehndi and wear gold and traditional jewellery for the pooja. Songs are sung and folk tales around Karva Chauth are narrated to all present during the pooja.
In order to keep this fast, women wake up early to eat sargi- a meal prepared by their mothers-in-law – at sunrise. Post that they stay without water and food the entire day until seeing the moon in the evening. Fasting is not easy as it can make you weak, dehydrated and may also result in fainting spells. So we at UrbanAsian bring you some tips to ensure you stay healthy while fasting.
Here are some food/ drinks you eat and some to avoid to help to fast on Karva Chauth:
1. Eat Fruits
To stay fit during this fast it is advisable to include lots of fruits in the sargi. Banana, papaya, pomegranate, berries, apples and more are rich in fibre and will fill you up for the day. Also, these fruits are storehouses of energy.
2. Eat Dry Fruits
As much it’s essential to consume fresh fruits to keep healthy during the fast, dry fruits too are very good. Munch on walnuts, almonds and pistachio as they are a rich source of protein and other essential fats. These will leave you feeling full for a while longer.
3. Avoid Oily Foods
Not only does only food make you uneasy, but it is also too heavy to have at sunrise and can make you feel dizzy during the day. So AVOID oily and fried foods like paranthas and pakoras.
4. Avoid Tea And Coffee
We all need a cup of tea or coffee to kick-start our day, but it’s advisable to avoid it while fasting. Both tea and coffee tend to dehydrate you.
Instead, have a glass of fresh juice, milk, buttermilk, a cup of green tea or amla juice at sunrise.
5. Avoid Sweets
Avoid mithai/sweets – too much of sugar can leave you dehydrated and may also trigger hunger pangs. Have dates, figs or apricots instead
PS: After finishing your sargi, rest for a while. Do not exert too much.
Take care and Happy Karva Chauth ladies <3