Women in Delhi-NCR are all geared up to celebrate the festival of Karwa Chauth with masks and sanitisers.

 The festivals may be more modest, however won't free their sheen state Delhi-NCR ladies who are set to quick this Karwa Chauth in the midst of the pandemic. It won't resemble any earlier year, however the ladies in the city are totally equipped to make it #memorable in any case. Think more modest gatherings, sitting in discrete galleries, coordinating covers and gloves with extravagant clothing types, utilizing sanitiser after each custom, and the preferences. 

Supplication and games while sitting in isolated overhangs

For Delhi-based teacher Anshu Popli, “health and safety” are need. “We have decided to carry out the puja and thali ritual in small groups of no more than four ladies, and mostly from the same building. We’ll be wearing masks and will thoroughly sanitize our hands before and after the ritual. To keep the sense of community intact, we have decided to sit in balconies during the puja, so that we can see each other, talk, pray and play games until we spot the moon in the evening.”

No external food, just hand crafted prasad

Risshma Aggarwal, a Gurugram-based scholastics official, says, “Every year I celebrate this day with my close friends and the lovely ladies in my residential society. We indulge in lots of preparations beforehand. But, this year it’s going to be different because of the pandemic. I’ve decided that my joy, happiness and respect for this day will be more like any other year, but the number of people with whom I will celebrate will be less. I’ve decided that this year I’ll celebrate it with only few close friends whom I know are healthy and safe in the pandemic, so far.”

She adds, “Keeping all safety measures in mind like sanitisation of place in the residential apartments, gloves and mask, continuous use of sanitiser, homemade prasad and social distancing during puja, we will celebrate this day with great enjoyment and devotion. We will also pray to Goddess Parvati to consecrate us with a healthy life and Mother Earth.”

Coordinating veils with clothing types

A teacher by calling, Nitima Arora, who used to go to Suncity Park for the puja, in presence of as least 20 ladies who used to sit all around, is arranging it diversely this year. She says, “I would prefer a group of four to five women only. I’ll hear the story narrating news24nationificance of Karwa Chauth in an audio inside the house, and when moving out for exchange of thalis, will of course wear mask and gloves. If matching ask is the need of the hour, then so be it. Life has to be beautiful, individuals will become appealing any way!”

Pooja with less individuals: Sanitized spot

Bhawna Shakadwipee, a home dough puncher, says, “This time due to Covid-19, I am planning to do the puja at my friend’s place only with my very close friends whom I know have been very cautious and careful in taking Covid-19 precautions throughout these last eight months. We will ensure safety by sanitising the place where everyone sits for the puja, and will use masks, gloves etc. Prasad and all offerings will be strictly home made this time. We will celebrate this pooja with fewer friends but loads of joy, and also a prayer that things get better soon.”

A wellbeing bubble!

Monalika Sabharwal, a business person, says: “Few of my friends and me have decided to create a “safety bubble “ for the coming festivities and Karwa Chauth puja specially. Puja will be done with my closed group of friends experiencing safety bubble in a well sanitised place using masks, gloves but with same energy, joy and vigour.”

“We have also decided to savour on home made snacks and sweets for the Pooja . We will pray together for the safety and well-being of our loved ones,” she adds.

Looking #festive prepared this #KC this 2020

The salons were buzzing with swarms this time around, with many contribution an immense limits. “We have launched exclusive Karwa CHauth head to toe packages. We have also introduced value cards, where customer gets services for more than the value they pay. For the main day, we have party makeup and hair styling package priced at ₹2,999, which has already been booked by many women across all our branches,” says Divya Parchani, advertising administrator India, Geetanjali Salons.

Another mainstream salon chain is offering 25% markdown on excellence administrations and features/keratin/smoothening at ₹5999, and worldwide at ₹4999.

While some were kicked up preparing at salons, others decided to remain in because of crown alarm. City-based wedding organizer Sidhi Mitra was amped up for visiting the salons. She says, “I’m visiting Looks Salon for a complete transformation today. Pretty excited for this Karwa Chauth. I am having a Covid-19 era wedding on November 25, so video call is a part of all my rituals. Also I would be doing a ritual over with my mother-in-law as she is in Canada.”

While some like homemaker, Sonakshi Chopra will do the cosmetics and hair myself. “Will be doing over video call this time around for rituals. Having kids around so can’t take a chance this year,” she says.

A LED Karwa Chauth thali for the individuals who like it peculiar.

Shopping in abundance this Karwachauth

Natural items, peculiar prints, make-up fundamentals, the hampers this Karwachauth got a great turn keeping the conventional quintessence unblemished. “We have the immunity-booster thali that has munakka , Vitamin-C rich fruits,kadha,daily booster capsules, dryfruits, customised according to need. We have the Suhag platter for daughter-in-law that includes bangles, mehendi, nail paint and the likes for Rs 1000. The sargj thali is priced at 800, and chunni for karwachauth 1000,” says Kajal Bhatla, from Packing Studio.

The interest for Karwachauth Hampers went up this year, with city people sending hampers for friends and family.

Gurugram-based Meenakshi Trehan who is selling natural hampers for the fest, lets us know: “During Covid, times have been tough. But all are products are known to boost immunity. These are organic and each has its own quality in boosting immunity.It’s the perfect gift for MIL and daughter-in-laws. We have delivered to a few customers who chose it for their MIL.The hamper consists of 250gm organic honey, 250gm desi cow ghee, 100ml cold pressed yellow mustard oil, 100ml wood pressed extra virgin coconut oil, 100gm almonds, 100gms raisins, mishri, elaichi, diya.”

The market is moderate yet home made consumable darlings are purchasing home made things just for their family and same things they are “gifting to their relatives also,” says Aakriti Bilala, from The Chocolatiezs By Aakriti, adding, “Our hamper includes cashews, almonds, mitha chivda, mehendi and chocolates.”

Request up for hampers

“We are getting more than 500 orders per day for Karwa Chauth gifting category, and have overall received 5,000 orders,” says Vikaas Gutgutia, author and MD, Ferns N Petals, adding, “We have a variety of exquisite Karwa Chauth gift hampers and combos like personalised thali and kalash combo, make-up essential hampers that have an assortment of branded cosmetic items like vermillion, bindi, nail enamel, and more. The range of Karwa Chauth special gift hampers and thalis starts from ₹499 to ₹4099.”

For particular blessing darlings, Anshika Gupta, from Nine2mine is offering a bunch of PJs for their hubbies. She says, “Our Karwa Chauth hamper includes four set of pyjamas and is priced at ₹2,500. Our sales have been decent. Not as much it would be had things been normal. But since these boxes have quirky PJs, a lot of wives are showing interest in buying them for their husbands. It’s a utility as they can wear it even as they work from home or otherwise.”

For the Fragnance darlings, Drishika Dabra from The Sabun Stories, says, “For Karwa Chauth, we have hampers comprising soap, ubtan, bath soak and body butter. This is non gender biased hamper; and we also have charcoal body scrub.”

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