It was the first time that I had to celebrate this festival alone. For the past 2 years I had been celebrating this day at my in-laws’ place. I was not that enthusiastic about the day, for I had to do all the preparations alone. Every festival requires a lot of preparations and is best enjoyed and celebrated with family and closed friends. As we have recently shifted to my current place so I don’t have much friends and acquaintances here. I talked to my neighbour who is a friend about how the day is celebrated here, she told me that all the society members (ladies) gather at one place (all heavily dressed up) and do the puja and perform other rituals. A photographer and a pundit were specially hired by the society club to help in their respective jobs. I felt excited and thought of joining the gang there. So on the day, I did all the preparations with full enthusiasm and talked to my MIL about the rituals (yes, it wasn’t the first time that I was doing this but it’s better to talk to your MIL once rather committing any mistake in performing the rituals). Also I asked my husband to come back from office a bit earlier so we both could break the fast on time (Yes, we both observed the fast for each other). At 4.30pm sharp, me and my friend got all dressed up and ready to join the other members of the society. We reached and saw hundreds of ladies in beautiful attire and hairdos, hands coloured with henna and inner-glow on their faces (yes we were also glowing and perfectly dressed up from head to toes). The park area was buzzing with ladies chit-chatting in clusters. Some of them were listening to the vrat-katha from panditji and some of them were busy taking group selfies. We first paused there for a few minutes and said hi to some of the known faces and praised some of the ladies who really were looking beautiful. Then, we asked the panditji to tell the story again so that we could do the puja. After listening to him we also joined the photo-clicking session with other friends and chit-chatted for some-time and got back. This time it was a different experience altogether and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. After coming back, I started doing puja preparations at home, cooked kheer for offering it to God and when hubby got back at 7.30pm, we together made the final rituals of the day and when moon showed after a long wait, I saw him and the moon through sieve and then he poured some drops of water in my mouth and I also broke his fast in the same way. Then we had the prasad and called up our parents for their blessings. After talking to them, we went for dinner in a nearby restaurant to satiate our hunger and the food they served was delicious. Although I missed the home-cooked food that my mom used to cook for us on this day and those delicacies that I and my MIL used to prepare but eating out on Karwa Chauth was not at all a bad idea rather a great way to treat yourself on this special day!
Here are some of the pics that I clicked on that day and also read my new post on mycity4kids.com here.
This post is submitted to #DailyChatter Day Twenty #UBC.