The other day when I was talking to my MIL on the telephone, she discussed about the upcoming karvachauth. I was taken aback! mg: My marriage is about 6 months old and the two of us belong to different religions. While it’s a much appreciated event in my husband’s family; my religion does not recognize the ritual of Karvachauth. It was the first time after my marriage that the cultural differences in our religions had come up – more so because we have been staying in the US ever since we got married and did not get much of a chance to participate in the family festivities, traditional ceremonies etc. back in India. Since, karvachauth was never celebrated in my family, I was hardly aware about the ceremonies to be done during the day. In fact, I had never even attended any karvachauth gathering (katha) ever in my life. All I knew was that married women fast for the long lives of their husbands (which sounded a little opposed to the female identity liberalization concept though ). Well, I decided to celebrate the day partly because of the excitement associated with the preparations and partly because my MIL wanted me to. Although, it was nothing more than a mere custom to be performed, for me. My husband was a big support thru out the day – especially coz it was my first time and I didn’t have the faintest of ideas of the events or the sequence of activities and all. But later in the evening, my ignorance bubble burst and out of the blues it just occur to me – its all about faith! I had read a story somewhere, that once Jesus brought a dead girl to life and then denied being responsible for it. Rather he suggested that her parents’ faith had brought alive the child and not him. I realized, karvachauth was not merely a religious ritual but the belief - a token of love for the husbands. And it’s this belief that fuels a marriage and keeps the relationship going - by love, of love, for love! I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever karvachauth and would love to do it every year! Not coz of any traditional/religious significance to it but because of my belief in love! May love always rule! Happy married life ladies Cheers! Charu..