Karwa Chauth is one of the most important festivals for married women mainly in northern states of India. When married women Pray and fast for the sake of husband.
Sargi and Karva chauth go hand in hand, it the pre-dawn meal that a mother-in-law gives to her daughter-in-law.
Sargi mainly comprises of mathri (salty fried snack), mithai (sweet), kaju-kishmish aur badaam (dry fruits), cooked food and fresh fruit.
1. Mathri – Salted fried snacks that form the main part of Karwa chauth fast salted ones usually used in sargi and unsalted during puja.
2. Mithai – Sweets is part of festive in India, generally halwa, pheni or kheer is made to start the day is a well nutritious way.
3. Dry fruits – Eating healthy is the main idea behind eating dry fruits. A handfull of kaju-kishmish aur badaam will help to keep going through the day.
4. Cooked food – Light food is prepared to be eaten in starting of the day to keep you active throughout the day. It can be any cooked food like vegetables with chapati.
5. Fresh fruits – Fruits is healthy and fibrous and will make you stay full and hydrated longer.
Mothers-in-law (Sasu) give their daughters-in-law (bahu) this sumptuous food called ‘Sargi’ to eat before sunrise, as the fast starts before sunrise and ends only after worshiping the moon at night. It is a tough fast, as the women do not take any food or water.
While Baya is the mother who sends sweets, clothes and money to their daughters house.