A North-Indian festival, Karva Chauth is marked by thousands of married Hindu (and some Sikh) women fasting all day to encourage a long and healthy life for their husbands. According to a blog published on the festival in the Wall Street Journal, wives dress up in colorful clothes with matching bangles and jewelry, sport henna on their hands, and fast until they see their husband in the flesh or photo form.
Many Hindu husband's don't necessarily believe the fasting will promise a longer life, but the act itself warms their hearts. Interviewed in the Wall Street Journal blog, Ashwin Garg, who fasts with his wife, said, "The feeling is so great; you are doing something for the person whom you love. It is also a day off for women from the kitchen." Sharing his same sentiment, Anirudh Srivastava said, "The feeling that your wife is all decked up and sacrificing her day's otherwise sumptuous meal really touches your heart."
While there may not be a direct correlation between hunger pains and elongating your husband's life, the foundation of Karva Chauth is a sound one. If fasting for a day doesn't reconfirm your committment to your husband, well, we're not sure what will.
Readers, what do you think? Would you fast for your husband?