A person raised a question that why in Hindu religion we have "boy" centered festivals but none for girls. For example in north India we have bhai-duj and jhat puja festival in which family worship to god for well being of "boy" child. Bhai-duj is similar to rakshabandhan.

In a reply I said that in Navratri we worship girl child. And bhai-duj and rakshabandhan is for the love and relationship of brother and sister. This is pointless of saying that boys are treated special on these occasions.

Then another question was raised that why women always fast, sometime for husband and sometime for child(example: jhat puja)??

I was not even able to reply to it.

So is there any festivals with "girls" at the center? And is there any occasion where man take fast for "girls", if not then why always girls take fast?

The whole point of the discussion was that to come to a conclusion that Hindu religion do not treat both the genders equally and so is men centered religion.

  • men also have to fast on many occasions. but they don't. That's why Hinduism gets name as male-centered - because women follow the rules and men don't.. so people mistakenly think that men don't have to follow rules. – ram Oct 25 '19 at 13:44
  • secondly, the girl's fasts are not mandatory, they are ishta or kamya. Like donating to charity is not a must.. if u don't do it, you won't get sin. but if you do it, you'll get great rewards. same way, the above fasts are for girls who want their husbands to live long & happy. They are not required to do it if they don't want to. – ram Oct 25 '19 at 13:47
  • It's true that women do fasting on some occasions for the benefit of her husband. In South India we don't find women fasting for the benefit of her brother.@Singh – Srimannarayana K V Oct 25 '19 at 14:10
  • Are men in societies following other religions fasting for their women? Can you produce evidence please for the fasting by men in societies following other religions?@Singh – Srimannarayana K V Oct 25 '19 at 14:30
  • @srimannarayanakv Sir, 'chhath puja' and 'bhai-duj' are festivals mainly celebrated in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. – Singh Oct 25 '19 at 14:37

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