As the festival of Karwa Chauth is just around the corner, many married Indian women are gearing up to observe a day-long nirjala fast to bless their husbands with a longer, healthier and prosperous life. Being celebrated on October 8 (Sunday) this year, Karwa Chauth is a festival where Indian women observe a day-long fast for their husbands and break it after seeing the moon in the night. On this day, ladies wake up early before sunrise to feast on the ‘Sargi’ which they get from their mother-in-law or any other elder female in the family. Sargi is usually delicious dishes including fried food and caffeinated drinks which wives have before sunrise so that they could make up for the whole day of staying hungry. Though the day is of utmost excitement and pleasure for women, here is the list of things to avoid while observing your Karwa Chauth Vrat:
i. As women need to observe fast for the entire day, they have Sargi in the morning. While many believe that eating heavy food will keep them energised throughout the day, it is suggested by experts and doctors to consume a moderate amount of Sargi in morning. Avoid having heavy foods such as sweets, paranthas and other oily items as it might cause acidity and make you dehydrated.
ii. These days, doctors and experts suggest women modify their fast in order to take care of their health. It is especially suggested for working women, pregnant ladies and new mothers to introduce water, juice and coconut water etc. to your day-long fasting regime.
iii. Women should also avoid observing a ‘no-food’ fast. Women should include fruits and nuts to their fast regime. As these items are the source of instant energy, keep consuming them at regular intervals.
iv. Avoid having coffee or tea during the day as it can dehydrate your body and cause acidity and nausea.
v. Last but not the least, it is suggested not to break your fast by having fried dishes or food which is high in sugar. It might have an adverse effect on your digestive system. Rather start with few sips of water, especially coconut water.
Wishing you all a happy and a healthy Karwa Chauth this year!