Amitabh Bachchan honours women who observe Karwa Chauth fast

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Amitabh…Some traditions never die.

Amitabh Bachchan, who is married to Jaya Bachchan, says it is overwhelming to see “the devotion and care” with which Indian wives observe the Karwa Chauth fast.

But he also feels guilty to see them fast the entire day.

Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. The fast is traditionally celebrated in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.

The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Kartik. Sometimes, unmarried women join the fast for their fiancés or desired husbands. Women eat only after praying to the moon.

The 74-year-old actor took to his blog to talk about the rituals attached to Karwa Chauth, which falls on October 19 this year. He posted: “On the occasion of Karaka Chaturthi or that which is more commonly known as Karwa Chauth, my greetings to all…wives in particular, who shall fast the entire day until they see the moon at night, all for the welfare of their husbands. Some traditions never die.”

The duo has worked together in movies like Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Sholay and Zanjeer. They had a small wedding in 1973 with only close friends and family members in attendance.

The Piku star also shared that “it is a joy to see the devotion and care they take over this festive moment, one that has prevailed mostly in the northern parts of the country, and how they revere each and every ritual, done with the exactitude of immense finesse. There is always that feeling of guilt that we men, husbands go through,” he added. – CINEWS

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