Karwa Chauth for Nursing Mothers

Karwa Chauth for Nursing Mothers October 30, 2018

Karwa Chauth can be a bit of a controversial festival because of it being something women do for men. I don’t know if I believe that me fasting benefits my husband but I still like to do it. It’s definitely not necessary and is only a tradition in some parts of India. But I find fasting increases my mindfulness because I have to stop and think before unconsciously munching. I also like the sisterhood of it. At the bottom of this post I will link to some articles my friend Melody shared with me on how modern Hindu women are thinking about Karwa Chauth.

I wanted to get over to the temple Saturday night for their Karwa Chauth to meet and bond with some of the other women in my new community but I wasn’t able to make that happen. It was a hectic weekend.

Photo by Jyotirmoy Gupta on Unsplash

So I had to decide if I was still going to fast at home.

But the truth is that I’m nursing an infant and it is not a good idea to fast when breastfeeding. When I mentioned this on Facebook my friend Tyeshia had a great suggestion. She said instead of a full fast, what about choosing one thing to fast from.

For example to fast from candy or some other food that I like a lot. That still gives me the mindfulness and the challenge but is safe while nursing.

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Karva Chauth – A Modern View On The Ancient Ritual

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  • Sambuddha Ghosh

    As before, I am sure that I won’t be receiving replies to this post, as that would disrupt the blogger’s lucrative “White Hindu” business, but nonetheless I’ll write it for the sake of confused deracinated Hindus who may chance upon it.

    “Karwa Chauth can be a bit of a controversial festival because of it being something women do for men.”

    Says who? Western females? Is it an example of The Original Sin when women *do* something for men?

    What exactly do *you* do for *your* husband? Did *your* mother *do* anything for *your* father, ever?

    And why do *you* think that having a vagina gives *you* the prerogative to poison the minds the Hindu ladies with Western mis-culture (apasanskriti).

    Karwa Chauth is typically done by North Indian women, AND not by South Indian/Marathi/Bengali women.

    Are you a North Indian woman?

    If not, why don’t you just shove it, shut up, get lost, and start celebrating Christmas?