#Fasting

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Newlywed ladies celebrate the auspicious festival 'Sharad Purnima'. (Picture credit: PTI)

  • This year Sharad Purnima is on October 19
  • On this day, the Moon appears in all of its 16 Kalas
  • Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is also worshipped on this day

.Kathmandu, Nepal
Women celebrate Teej in different parts of India and Nepal. (PTI Photo)

  • Teej is celebrated among married Hindu women
  • Hartalika Teej is being celebrated among women across Nepal and India
  • Hindus worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on this day

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Those suffering from any kind of pre-existing or underlying disease should strictly avoid dry fasting. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

  • Dry fasting involves extreme or absolute fasting restriction of both food and liquid intake
  • This fasting results in fatigue, persistent hunger and dehydration
  • One must always consult a doctor before trying dry fasting

The month of Sharavn is considered an auspicious month. (Photo credit: Twitter/@vselenophile)

  • All Mondays (Somwars) which fall during Shravan month are considered auspicious
  • Devotees observe sixteen Mondays or Solah Somwar fasting from the first Somwar of Sawan month
  • During this month, all Tuesdays are dedicated to Goddess Parvati

.London, UK
One of the most well-known intermittent fasting diets is the 5:2. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • According to UK based scientists, fad fasting diets don't help you lose weight quicker
  • In trials at the University of Bath, participants lost less weight when fasting in comparison with those following a traditional diet
  • Intermittent fasting has been endorsed by celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon

Pradosh Vrat 2021 Date Pradosh Vrat has special significance in Hinduism. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • Lord Shiva devotees observe a fast called Pradosh Vrat
  • This vrat is observed on the Trayodashi Tithi (thirteenth day) of the lunar fortnight
  • Devotees observe a day-long vrat and perform a puja during Pradosh Kaal

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Vaccination drives are giving hope to people fed up with restrictions that are well into a second year. (Photo Credit: representative image/Unsplash)

  • COVID-19 cases have overshadowed Muslim's holy month of Ramadan
  • Europe is the worst hit continent with one million COVID-19 deaths
  • Government of Muslim majority nation has asked people to wear masks while coming to the mosque

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Ramadan begins with the sighting of moon. (Picture Credit-PTI)

  • Ramadan comes from Arabic word “Ramida or Ar Ramad”
  • As per the Islamic calendar, Ramadan starts on the ninth month.
  • People observe fast and ask for Allah’s forgiveness

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The nine-day festival of Chaitra Navratri starts on April 13 and every year. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • This year, the nine-day season of Chaitra Navratri begins on April 13, and ends on April 22
  • Every year, it is celebrated after the spring-time harvest
  • Also called Vasanta Navratri, the festival celebrates the nine forms of Goddess Shakti