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Karva Chauth 2017: Dear men, why not change the norm of fasting this Karva Chauth?

It’s the same time of the year when women will don 16 sringaar, or 16 steps of adornment, with a belief that will result in their husband’s well being. Yes, it’s Karva Chauth and women, especially newlyweds, are excited about the same. But with time, this festival has undergone a metamorphosis of sorts. The Bollywood had also played the key role in setting the stereotypical image of the same. But as time has changed, most of the men are now hell-bent to change the rules set by the elders by giving company to their wives, something which was not heard of before.

An online matrimonial site conducted the survey with over five lakh pledges registered in the last three years; it seems there is a change in mindset among young couples.

In the survey, men were asked if they will fast if their wives are fasting for them, to which 61 percent responded with a ‘Yes’ followed by 39 percent ‘No’. What comes as a surprise, and changing norms in the society was the 93 percent of men ‘don’t want their wives to fast for them and rather celebrate it differently.’

To understand the changing outlook among the men with regard to the tradition of fasting on Karwa Chauth, they were asked how they would like to celebrate Karwa Chauth and 50 percent said they will ‘take the day off and spend quality time together’, followed by 23 percent saying that ‘a romantic candlelight dinner’ and eight percent said ‘take a vacation’.

The online poll received 6,537 responses from Indian men, age ranging from 24 to 40 years.

So men, will you fast this Karva Chauth?

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