It may be recalled that from our childhood we have been observing our mother and other ladies in the neighbor hood observing fast of MATA Ahoi Ashtami from dawn to dusk for the well being of the sons. Now in the present times as the number of children are less on account of nuclear families as well as economics of growing a child , mothers ,married sisters ,daughters as well daughter in laws having children are keeping fast for the children. Similar to Karwa Chauth this festival is also observed in Northern India.
The lady members have food in the morning before sun rise and do not take even a drop of water during the day. In the evening after hearing the story of Mata Ahoi along with other ladies in the house or in the street or colony and seeing the stars in the sky break the fast. Some ladies who had some vow for fulfillment of their wishes break the fast after seeing the MOON. On this day sighting of moon is very late and the ladies have a very tough time.