Today, 19 October 2011, is Ahoi Ashtami vrat. Ahoi Ashtami is mainly observed in North India. It falls on Ashtami in Kartik Month as per Hindi calendar. In Australia, New Zealand, Singapore & Malaysia, Ahoi Ashtami 2011 date is 20 October.
Ahoi Ashtami puja is performed by mothers for wellness of their children. Ahoi Mata is worshipped on this day. Women observed strict fast on this day and break it after seeing the stars in the sky.