Reflections on the Week

I came to my computer to write a post and found that my cat is sleeping peacefully on my desk chair. He's too cute to move so I'm typing the best I can around him.This past Friday was Karwa Chauth. Last year I missed it completely. Didn't know it was happening until it was over. This year I knew it was coming but there was no way I could fast. And because of that I didn't really observe it much at all. My awareness of it happening came and went throughout the day. Hopefully next year Brad … [Read more...]

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My First Karwa Chauth

My day started at 6:45 with breakfast in bed from my husband!I don't have a lot of family around to be part of the day with me, but Brad was happy to be supportive (particularly after reading the story of the woman who was tricked by seeing a false moon and her husband died because of it! I'm probably not going to run into Shiva on the road to ask for his resurrection).Brad also brought me a nice tall glass of water to hopefully see me through the day.I had to work, so I wasn't able … [Read more...]

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To Your Long Life: the Karwa Chauth fast [Hindu Holiday]

Tomorrow is Karwa Chauth, a one day fast observed by women (mostly in Northern India). I'd say it's kind of the Hindu Valentine's Day although it has more of a focus on the bonding between women. It is a time when wives fast and pray for the long life and prosperity of their husbands. Unmarried women sometimes observe the fast for the sake of a future husband.This is a big day for me, as my first Karwa Chauth as a new bride! "The first Karwa Chauth is an exceptionally important occasion … [Read more...]

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