Karwa Chauth 2019: What is Sargi? What all goes in a Sargi Thali?

Karwa Chauth 2019: This iconic tradition sees women fasting for their husbands for the whole day for their happy, healthy and long life. The festival will be celebrated day after on October 17th and falls in the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar
Karwa Chauth 2019: What is Sargi? What all goes in a Sargi Thali?Karwa Chauth 2019: What is Sargi? What all goes in a Sargi Thali?
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Karwa Chauth for every married woman has to be one of the most important days in their yearly calendar. This iconic tradition sees women fasting for their husbands for the whole day for their happy, healthy and long life. They go without food and water known as ‘nirjala vrat’ for the entire day until the moon comes out.  The festival will be celebrated day after on October 17th and falls in the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar. This day is also important and special as women, especially married women receive ‘Sargi’ from their mother-in-law. 

 

What exactly is Sargi? For the uninitiated Sargi is a full course pre-dawn meal which is prepared by the mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law for a happy and blessed married life ahead. Mostly we see North Indian women follow the tradition of Sargi. Women from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan are mostly seen observing the tradition of Sargi. In this custom we see women waking up before sunrise to eat a full course portion of sweets and savouries so that they can go the whole day without food and water. 

 

 

What really goes in a Sargi?

Sargi is literally to die for. It not only consists of delicious food items but is also loaded with love and blessings which help the women go through the whole day. 

 

Fruits: The reason why fruits feature on the food items list is because they have a high water content. This further helps in keeping the married women hydrated throughout the day. They are also rich in fibre content which means that you’ll be fuller throughout the day. It also takes time to digest further making you not feel hungry. 

 

Sweets: In Hinduism it is widely believed that you should start anything with eating something sweet. They automatically make you feel happy and also lift up your spirits on a positive spirit. 

 

 

Dry fruits: Healthy nuts like pistachios, raisins, almonds, cashews and walnuts are all packed with nutrients which will keep them full throughout the day. 

 

Easy and light cooked food: It is always good to eat light and floaty food as eating something heavy can make you feel lousy and tired immediately. 

 

Tips for preparing a Sargi

Whenever you are preparing Sargi make sure that you keep all things healthy in it. It is recommended that you avoid eating fried and heavy filling food items as it will make you extremely lethargic. It is best that you eat a lot of water based fruits and food items. Eat fresh vegetables, milk, buttermilk and fruits. Avoid any caffeinated items or coffee as it causes a lot of dehydration. 

 

 

Also, it is extremely important to give yourself and your body the much needed rest which it needs. Don’t step out in the sun as the October heat can really get extremely taxing. Were the above mentioned tips and information helpful to you? Comment below and let us know. 

 

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Happy Karwa Chauth 2019!

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