President Bidya Devi Bhandari offering argha (pooja) to the setting sun on the occasion of Chhat festival at Kamal Pokhari in Kathmandu on Tuesday. (RSS)
KATHMANDU, Nov 13: President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun reached Kamal Pokhari in the capital to offer pooja on the occasion of Chhath festival this late afternoon.
President Bhandari and Vice President Pun offered argha to the setting sun on the occasion. The program was organized by Kamal Pokhari Chhath Worship Committee. The pokhari (pond) has been decorated with shining lights and flowers for the festival.
It had been a trend since the recent past for the President, Vice-president and the Prime Minister to attend Chhath celebrations in the capital. However, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli could not attend this year due to sickness.
At a function held on the occasion five social figures were feted. President Bhandari honored lyricist Ratna Shamsher Thapa, travelogue writer Ghanashyam Rajkarnikar and social workers Indra Dev Mishra, Suresh Jain and Bhakta Bahadur Singh in recognition of their significant contribution to their respective sectors.
Lawmaker Gagan Thapa, who was also attending the program, said that the festival that sees participation of the people from the hill and mountain region as well has promoted harmony among the people.
Organizing committee coordinator Rajendra Singh shared that the Chhath celebrations have been taking place on the bank of the pond since the past eight years. The pond has been cleaned up and given a new look since Chhath pooja and celebrations began on its premises.