Karwa Chauth is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. It holds utmost significance as it is believed to celebrate the bond of a married couple. Married women fast all day long and break their fast at night after seeing the moon. This year, Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 24th October 2021.
The celebrations are incomplete without some elements like application of henna, solah sringaar and sargi. Sargi is an age old ritual which is performed on this day, especially in North India. If you don't know what sargi is, here we will tell you the significance of the pre-dawn meal.
What Is Sargi?
Sargi is the meal the married woman gets to eat before the sunrise. This traditional meal has different food items that a woman gets from her mother-in-law. Sargi is mother-in-laws way of blessing her daughter-in-law on the auspicious day so that she can successfully fast through the day. Sargi helps the woman stay energetic through the day as she fasts.
What Time Is The Sargi Muhurat?
Sargi is always consumed during the Brahma Muhurat which is before sunrise every year.
What Foods Go Into The Sargi Thali?
Sargi consists of delicious foods which can help the woman keep full through the day. Traditionally, the thali includes -
Karwa Chauth is a nirjala vrat which means they can't drink water all day till they see the moon. That's one reason why the sargi thali has a lot of fresh fruits. Fruits have high water content. They keep the woman full and hydrated through the day.
Dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, raisins, cashew nuts are high on nutrients and provide a lot of energy to the body. Consuming them in the morning as sargi helps the fasting woman stay energetic all day.
Traditionally, the sargi thali always has one or more sweets. These can be homemade or readymade. Sweets are rich in glucose and sucrose which fuel your body with a lot of energy for the long day.
If you are a tea addict, you can also have a cup of tea to your sargi thali. A glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice too can be consumed. It keeps you hydrated.
Sargi thali can also include light meals like vermicelli with veggies or sweet vermicelli with milk. Even halwa can be consumed. These keep you full for a good amount of time.
Feniyaan and matthis are commonly enjoyed during this festival. One can also have freshly made feniyaan with lots of milk and dry fruits. Meethi or salty matthi too can be consumed for sargi.
Things To Keep In Mind
- Sargi should be consumed only after the woman has taken a bath.
- After taking a bath, go to the temple and worship the God and Godesses. You can light a diya and worship to get the blessings for a successful fast.
- Traditionally, it is the mother-in-law who prepares the sargi thali but if you don't reside with her or she is no more, you can prepare it on your own. If there is another elder female member in the house, she can prepare the thali for you.