Sunday, June 11, 2023
Himachal Pradesh

Himachal People

Common Customs

The Fasts

Women fast on the first (Sankranti), the eleventh (Ekadashi) and the fifteenth day of the full moon (Poornima).

Among the higher castes fasting by women is taken to guarantee prolonged prosperity and physical well-being among the family members. Giving up a fast after a fixed period, is known as 'Mokh'.

On the day of a fast the women clean the house and paint ritual 'Lekhnu' on the floor and then collect all the required articles for the particular fast and offer puja to the deity. Unmarried girls are also supposed to fast on the full moon day. On the 'Sankranti' day the Brahmin priests visit their clients who give them alms according to their means.