Today "Varalakshmi Viratham" is celeberated by some of the Hindhus. On this occassion, married women pray to the God for the long life of their husband. They undergo fasting in the morning (To compensate, there would be a couple of unlimited meals with a lot of varieties in the afternoon ;-) Indian women are (were?) too sentimental that they should die before their husband. Long live Indian husbands!