Vat Purnima is a celebration observed in the Western Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, India. Purnima means “full moon” and is celebrated on the full moon day (the 15th) of the month of Jyeshtha on the Hindu calendar, which falls in June on the English calendar. Women pray for the prosperity and longevity of their husbands by tying threads around a banyan tree on this day. It honours Savitri, the legendary wife who rescued her husband’s soul from the ruler of the departed, Yama.On Vad Savitri, women fast for their husbands. They wear ornate bridal type dresses and jewellery. Their fast is observed the whole night till the next morning. After ending their fast, fruits, clothes and such other articles are given in charity in a bamboo basket to the saints. Women worship a banyan (vat) tree, and listen to the story of Savitri in groups. After this, women can offer prayer and worship. During this puja, women pray for good health of their husbands. Women give water to the tree, holy sprinkle red powder (kumkum) on it, and wrap cotton threads around tree’s trunks. Then they go seven times around the tree (called the parikrama or pradakshina).