A biggest fest Chhath is mostly celebrated by Biharis and Nepalese. Four-day long Hindu Festival, Chhath is dedicated to the solar deity Surya and Shashthi devi (Chhathi Maiya) in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and request the granting of certain wishes by taking fast, offering prayers to the Sun by taking a dip in the river. However, this year COVID-19 Pandemic has dampened the festive spirit as celebrations would be with limited gathering or social distancing.
Here are some amazing rituals that are performed during the four-day celebration of Chhath, also known as Prathihar, Dala Chhath, Chhathi, and Surya Shashthi.
Day 1: Day 1 is considered to be Nahay Khay, and on the particular day the family prepares a traditional meal and serves it as a Bhog later at afternoon.
Day 2: Day 2 women takes Nirjala Brata (fasting without drinking a drop of water) from dusk till dawn and breaks their fasting later at evening after worshiping sun during sunset.
Day 3: Day 3 is called Sandhay Arghya and also considered to be the most important day of festival. On this particular day women takes a day long fasting and break it only the following day after the sunrise.
Day 4: Day is called Usha Arghya, which means offering payers to the raising sun where Usha is believed to be the consort of the Sun God. Fourth day is the final day of Chhath puja, where people perform the Puja during the sunrise time and then break their fast.