Chhath: The holy festival of Hinduism

Nov 11, 2016-

Chhath is the main festival of the Mithila region and is celebrated in both Nepal and India. The festival falls somewhere in between late October and early November. This four-day festival starts exactly four days after Tihar. 

Two deities are worshipped during this festival; the Sun God—also known as Lord Surya and his beloved younger wife —Chhathi Maiya. The devotees worship the Sun to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. They believe that the Sun is a healer and helps cure a variety of diseases. 

This is the only thorough holy, Hindu festival in the region that involves no priest. The rituals of the festival include bathing, fasting, standing in the water for long periods of time, and giving offerings to the rising and setting sun. 

Every day of Chhath comes with a name—first Nahay Khay, second Kharna, third Sandhya Arghya, and finally Usha Arghya. All four days are celebrated with dedication and joy. The river banks are beautifully decorated with lights and flowers. You can also see fireworks in the evening.

The festival always ends in family gatherings with exchange of Prasads, well-wishes and cultural programs with folk music and traditional dances. The dance and music reflect the Mithila culture. 

Chhath is seen as the most glorious form of sun worship. It is also said to be one of the most eco-friendly Hindu festival.

Ravi Gupta 

Class 9 

Mount Everest HSE Boarding School, Siraha

Published: 11-11-2016 08:41

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