Karva Chauth is a Hindu festival celebrated by married women in North India, particularly in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Kartik, which usually occurs in October or November.
During Karva Chauth, married women observe a day-long fast from sunrise to moonrise, praying for the well-being, longevity, and prosperity of their husbands. The fast is broken only after they have seen the moon in the evening and performed certain rituals.
On this day, married women dress up in colorful attire, apply mehndi (henna) on their hands, and often exchange gifts and jewelry with other married women. They gather in groups to sing traditional songs and narrate the story of Karva Chauth, which involves tales of love and devotion between a husband and wife.