November 3, 2019 12:24 PM NPT
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DHANUSA, Nov 3: Chhath festival has concluded today. The festival begins four days after the Tihar festival. The festival begins on Chaturdashi, and concludes by offering argha to the setting sun on Shashti and to the rising sun on Saptami.
On the fourth day, the devotees gather at the banks of rivers early in the morning and wait until the sun rises.
With sunrise, they offer argha to the sun. Following this, they distribute prasad to fellow devotees at the Ghat, the place where argha is offered to the rising sun. Blessings are sought from elders. After returning from the Ghat, women break their 36-hour fast by taking ginger and water. And then they eat food.
Main message of the Chhath festival is coordination, inclusion, and sanctity. The festival is a collective resolution made under the leadership of women for the welfare of society and family.
The Sun considered as the god of energy and of the life-force. The Sun is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity, and progress as per the time-honored tradition.
The festival is observed as a common cultural symbol of the Tarai.