What is the Importance of Sargi in Karwa Chauth?
- Author: Anushka Published: 27th September, 2021
Karwa Chauth or Karaka Chaturthi is a pious Indian festival that celebrates marital bliss shared between a husband and wife. This is an important Hindu festival celebrated on the fourth day of Kartik month and is mostly celebrated in North India. The married women observe nirjala vrat (fast without even water) from sunrise to sunset and pray for the wellness and long life of their husbands. Talking of rituals associated, there is a special significance of Sargi in Karwa Chauth. Here’s all that you need to know about the Karwa Chauth Sargi.
What is Sargi in Karwa Chauth?
Sargi is the pre-dawn meal (a thali consisting of different food items) that women receive from their mother-in-law or any elder in the house. It is consumed before sunrise by all the married women who fast so that the energy remains throughout the day till sunset.
Significance of Sargi in Karwa Chauth
The Sargi is prepared by the mother-in-law. It consists of five to seven types of dishes such as roti, vegetable curry, sweets, dry fruits and fruits. Women also receive clothes, makeup and jewellery with Sargi.
If a woman's mother-in-law lives far away or is no more, then Sargi is given by the elder co-sister (Jethani) or sister-in-law of the woman. Sargi is a beautiful ritual associated with Karwa Chauth that should not be missed.
Foods that one must include in their Sargi Thali
Since the key reason behind the consumption of Sargi is to stay energetic throughout the day, here’s the list of foods a woman must include in her Sargi thali:
Dry fruits: You should have a handful of almonds, cashews, raisins and pistachios as they are full of nutrients and energy.
Fruits: They are rich in fibre and high in water content. Thus, they keep you hydrated and full for a long time.
Cooked food: Eat 2-3 rotis with a simple vegetable curry to stay fuller for the rest of the day.
Sweet: Since sweets are a rich source of carbohydrates and glucose, they will give you the energy to carry the day.