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Jamshedpur: Married women throng market on eve of Karwa Chauth

Jamshedpur, Oct 23: The city market was abuzz with activities as women, young girls both lined up to buy dozens of sparkling bangles in every possible colour on the eve of Karwa Chauth. The markets at Bistupur, Sakchi and Jugsalai were flooded with buyers.  

According to most salesmen, sales of bangles are at their maximum during these days. Sometimes it exceeds three times of the sale during normal days. The other favorite time pass for women during Karva Chauth is applying henna.

“There is a huge rush at our parlour and hence we have closed further bookings for the festival. Several orders have been placed by women who want to get ready at their homes but we could not take any,” said an owner of a parlour in Bistupur.

Apart from makeup and dresses, the charm of matching accessories and fashionable footwear is also in the list of women. Hence, the city markets are offering large varieties of bangles and footwear for women in traditional styles for this Karwa Chauth.

Colourful bangles in plastics, glass and metal are available in the market this year but as per the shopkeepers traditional bangles are most in demand. Footwear is also available in wide ranges among which golden and black are most picked by the women.

Despite drastic changes in the lifestyle and views, the tradition of fasting for the well being of the husband has not lost its meaning for women. The Karva Chauth tradition continues to thrive even among the women who are well educated and ambitious.

‘Karva Chauth ‘is just a custom and I follow it in that way only. I am secure in my relationship with my husband, so observing fast for a day in a year is no big deal,’ said Niti Ahuja, a 26-year-old marketing executive in a private bank.

Veena Taneja, a corporate employee too feels that observing the festival hardly affects her relations with her husband but she does follow the tradition as others in her family. However, the women have introduced some changes in the festival as per their convenience.

“At dawn the women are supposed to eat food cooked by the mother-in-law but I just prefer to have a glass of milk,” said Komal Sareen, a teacher.

For most women, the rituals which mark the beginning of the festive season are mehndi, shopping for puja material, dressing up in their finest Indian wear, and meeting friends and relatives. Many husbands also accompany their partners in observing fast to give a feeling of togetherness. “I am also keeping the fast with my wife,” said a banker who has been married for two years.

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