The city’s markets hummed with activities a day before Karva Chauth, a festival celebrated by married Hindu women who observe a fast for the long life of their husbands. Women and girls were seen busy shopping while the ‘mehndi’ and beauty parlours made a handsome profit.
The rising of the moon holds great significance for the women who break the fast after sighting the new moon.
The moon is expected to rise on Saturday at around 8:13 pm while the ‘puja muhurat’ of Karva Chauth lasts from 5:52 pm to 7:07 pm.
Meanwhile, ‘henna’ designs, which used to be priced at Rs 1,100 for both hands a week before the festival, now cost Rs 1,100 per hand.
As the rush increases henna artists in a few markets like Sectors 22, 35 and 37 are charging Rs 5,000 per hand, specially for bridal ‘mehndi’.
The minimum cost of applying the simplest ‘mehndi’ design on one hand is Rs 200. Last year the cost ranged between Rs 100 and Rs 150.
Artists have also introduced different kinds of henna designs this season.
Those in great demand are Arabic mehndi, which is one of the costliest designs, Marwari mehndi and Rajasthani mehndi are also finding quite a few takers as women emerge the stars.