Today, the entire country awaits the successful landing of Chandryaan 2 on the surface of the moon. Chandrayan 2, India's second installment of the moon mission is set to land on the moon at about 1:53 am on 7th September. Just how the Chandrayaan and moon are linked to each other, there's also a deep relation between the moon and Indian traditions. The concept of love in India cannot be imagined without talking about the moon. From its different shapes to position in teh sky, everything about teh moon has its own importance in every Indian festival.
Here's a list of festivals where the moon plays an important part.
Karwa Chauth is the festival of love in the lives of married Indians. On this day married women fast for the entire day and pray for the long life and good health of their husband. As the night approaches, fasting women dress up and await the sight of the moon. After they catch a glimpse of the moon, they end their fast by consuming water offered by their husbands.
How can you not think of Eid when you are talking about the relation of festivals and moon? Even the date of Eid depends on the sight of the moon. Both the occasions of Eid that are celebrated during a year, are considered complete only when the moon is seen. The entire Muslim community eagerly waits for the Eid moon after fasting during the holy month of Ramadan
Sharad Purnima, the Hindu festival that falls in the autumn season, is incomplete without the moon. It is said that on this day, Kheer kept in the moonlight becomes like nectar. The festival of Sharad Purnima is celebrated with enthusiasm in many places across the country. Some people offer prayers to God by standing in the moonlight at night so that they can get divine gifts.
While the moon always brings good news and moments for people suring festivals, on Ganesh Chaturthi, it is not considered an omen. Yes, it is prohibited to see the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi because it is believed that on this day whoever catches a glimpse of the moon, he/she is sure to be falsely accused of something. Therefore, people avoid looking at the sky on this day.
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