Lessons From ESL
One of the new students in the ESL class makes it a point to visit me daily to practice English. She reminds me so much of The Teen: young, no poker face whatsoever, ready to move on faster than the rest of the class.
She was really excited today, gesturing for me to go online so she could explain a celebration in India today.
Today is Karva Chauth, a day of importance to married Hindu women in India. The women believe that by fasting, they insure prosperity, longevity, and well-being of their husbands. According to my student, women go on a major shopping trip to purchase new clothing. Once they have donned their new outfits, they make a trip to the markets where they shop for the evening. The women then gather together to play games, sing Karaoke, laugh, talk, and bond. The festival ends with a grand feast among close friends and family.
My student said that it isn’t celebrated quite as much in America as it is in India. When she Skyped her mother to talk about this year’s festival, her mom said that she wouldn’t celebrate this year because she missed her daughter.
Here are some site with more information about the celebrations.