"Thiruvathira " is the festival of Hindu women of Kerala - it is more like the Karwa Chaut of the North Indians. On this day, which falls on the full moon day of the Malayalam month Dhanu (December- January), the wives pray for the long life of husbands and young women pray for suitable husbands.
It is essentially the celebration to commemorate the penance of Goddess Parvathi for getting Lord Shiva as her husband. On this day, women fast and perform many rituals. One of the ritual is wearing the "Paathira poovu" (featured below) at midnight
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