Today, 2 November 2012 is Karva Chauth. It is one of the biggest festivals in North India. Karva Chauth is mainly celebrated in Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Karva Chauth is observed on fourth day in dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) of Kartik Month as per Hindi calendars.
Married women perform the puja to the divine couple, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Karwa Chauth upvas vrat is most important aspect of this festival. Women observe fast right through the early morning till the moonrise in the night.
As per the Puranas, wife is the protector or life-giver to her husband and as well as to her whole family. Karva Chauth is celebrated on the fourth day in Kartik month. As Kartik month is very auspicious according to Hindu beliefs and this festival has great significance.
Karva Chauth Vrat Katha or the story of this vrat is associated with a woman called Karva who was very much devoted to her husband.