The most anticipated festival Chhath Puja will be celebrated on November 4-November this year.
During the festival ghats will be decked up, roads will be wiped neat and people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand will celebrate Chhath Puja. Dedicated to the Sun God, Chhath is celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali.
This four-day long festival starts with ‘nahan khan’ or ‘nahai khai’. On the first day, worshippers take a dip in a waterbody in the morning. They carry water to their home and use it to prepare the offerings for the Sun God. Also on this day, people clean their houses and its surroundings before making any meal. Second day is ‘lohanda’, when women observe fast for the whole day and end it after sunset.
The main ritual starts on the third day, when women don’t eat for 36-hours. This one is tough as they are not even allowed to sip water. On the third day, women prepare prasad, after which they take a dip in the waterbody in the evening and worship the Sun God and Chhathi Maiyya. On the fourth day, devotees gather around the same waterbody and offer ‘Usha arghya’ to the rising sun. After subah ka argh, devotees break their fast.
The prasad mainly comprises fruits and sweets, with special sweet, thekua.