Chhath festival celebrations in Birgunj, Morang and Siraha. (Photos: Ritesh Tripathi, Chuman Basnet and Mithilesh Yadav)
Devotees wish for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as they worship the Sun god to conclude the Chhath festival
KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Chhath, a grand festival of goodwill and faith, concluded this morning with devotees offering argha to the rising sun.
The four-day festival starts from Kartik Shukla Chaturthi with the worship of the setting sun and concludes on Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar by making offerings to the rising Sun.
The revelers made offerings to the sun with the grains produced in their fields and home-made delicacies on the banks of different ponds including Sarobar Gangasagar, Argaja and others.
The key message of the Chhath festival is coordination, inclusion and simplicity. The festival is a collective resolution made under the leadership of women for the welfare of society and family. This is an important part of this festival.
Amid COVID-19 fears, the devotees, during their worship, prayed to the Sun god for the end of the pandemic as they concluded the four-day festival on Saturday.
The Sun, considered as the god of energy and life-force, was worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress as per the time-honored tradition.
The ritual of Chhath Parva includes taking a holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time and offering Prasad and argha to the rising and setting sun.
The Chhath festival is observed as a common cultural symbol of Terai.