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Love or tradition?

As Karwa Chauth is around the corner, men and women reveal the reasons why they fast

What is the relevance of Karwa Chauth? Does the fasting actually prolong the life of a husband? What do milennial women feel about observing the ritual? Is it for love or only for the sake of tradition that the modern woman undertakes this day-long exercise? There are a plethora of questions that bubble up when one thinks of the ritual much glorified by Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra brand of films. In a survey, conducted by Shaadi.com, the matchmaking platform, to understand the perspective of men and women on fasting, the majority of the women were inclined towards it because of their love. The poll was conducted online and there were 7,533 respondents, both Indian men, and women in the age group of 21 to 50 years. For 67 percent women, fasting was an expression of love, 25 percent said that it was ‘a tradition,’ while the eight percent of them said that it was due to ‘societal pressure.’
Karva-Chauth-Shopping-Dehradun
Women shop for the occasion of Karva Chauth in Dehradun
Whereas, men’s mindset turned out to be completely different on the same, showing a clear disparity. When men were asked about why do they think their partners fast for them, 55 percent believed that it is due to the ‘tradition’, 32 percent called it “an expression of love,” while 13 percent said it was because of “societal pressure.” To further understand the divide of opinions, women were asked if they would like to be reciprocated in terms of their fasting gesture. Around 75 percent agreed and 25 percent refused. When men were asked the same question, 92 percent wanted to reciprocate the gesture. Women were then asked about the manner of reciprocation from the partners as to how would they want their husbands to return it.  Around 76 percent women wanted their partners to be fasting with them, followed by 18 percent who said, “cooking for me,” while the remaining six percent went with spending quality time and said, “Taking the day off to spend quality time together.” When men were asked, “If your partner is fasting, how would you like to reciprocate the gesture?” The answers were equally amazing again. Over 62 percent of men were willing to “taking a day off to spend quality time with their partners, followed by 29 percent who said “fasting with her.” The remaining nine percent said “cooking for her.” read more post… Friday, 26 October 2018 | Team Viva–  

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