Post # 1
I am not Indian but my husband is. We were recently married so this is my first Karwa Chauth. My mother-in-law just explained the traditions of this holiday, which she celebrates every year and encouraged (but certainly did not pressure) me to do the same. She described it as a fun occasion and emphasized that many people do not do a traditional fast these days, but alter it in some way (such as giving up a certain item or only fasting part of the day, etc). Her daughter does not participate, so she said she did not expect me to either.
I am not planning on fasting, but I want to recognize the holiday in some way. Is there a traditional gift that the daughter-in-law would give the mother-in-law? We do not live near my in-laws, so should I send a card? Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
Hi, I’m also married to an Indian man. Unfortunately, he’s away on business until late tomorrow night, so we’re missing our first Karwa Chauth as a married couple. Next year, hopefully he’ll be home for this holiday. 🙂
Not sure about the gifts, since you don’t live near the in-laws. I think a card would be nice, but how about sending her flowers?
Are you getting all dolled up? Saree, jewelry, henna, etc.? That would be so much fun!
Post # 4
You would give to the Mother-In-Law AFTER the day of Karwachauth. And you generally give some piece of clothing. Maybe get her a nice stole? Or just to the card and send nuts (collection of almonds, raisins, walnuts, etc.)
Post # 5
I think it would be sweet to get dressed up in Indian clothes and send you Mother-In-Law a picture along with the gift.