The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated with so many traditions and one of them is the Sargi.
You must have heard the word Sargi in the movie “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” and would have ended up wondering what it meant, we will explain it to you.
Sargi is a pre-dawn meal that a married woman consumes before starting her Karva Chauth fast. It is prepared by the mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law. It also signifies love and affection between them. This custom is practiced in various parts of the country. This meal can also be offered by an elder sister or cousin if not the mother in law. It is a good omen to share it with a friend or a relative.
This meal should be complete and with all vitamins and minerals that a woman shall need throughout the day. It is also believed that the Sargi strengthens the bond between the mother in law and her daughter in law. The meal is served with the blessings of the mother in law, and a gift containing a saree, jewelry, sindoor, bangles, and bindi which are all used to adorn the daughter in law. After the Sargi, the daughter in law gifts something to her mother in law, this tradition is called Baya. The real reason behind both the traditions is that it brings them closer and wish for their son/husband’s life and happiness.
The Sargi is usually consumed before the sunrise, around 3 am to 5 am. After the woman takes a bath, her mother-in-law offers her the Sargi.
The food items that a Sargi thali should contain are as follows
- Fruit –Since fresh fruits have high water content, it becomes important to consume fruit as it keeps us hydrated throughout the day. It also takes time to digest makes you less hungry.
- Dry-fruits –They play an essential part in keeping us energetic so a handful of almonds, cashew, raisins, and pistachios should be consumed.
- Sweets –In Hindus sweets are considered as a good omen to start something so consuming them becomes essential. They make our energy high and keep our spirit positive. So Sewiyaan, Kheer or some sweet or even Meethe Matthi can be consumed.
- Coconut – It stabilizes blood sugar as it is full of n
- Cooked food – Lightly cooked food can be consumed like roti, sabzi, or stuffed paratha as it keeps us full and provides energy to function throughout the day.
Also, keep in mind that we should avoid eating heavy fried food as it makes us lethargic and try to consume more food items that are rich in water as it will keep us hydrated throughout the day. Eat more fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and buttermilk. Also, try to avoid caffeine as it causes a lot of dehydration.
This is all about Sargi you need to know.
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