Chhath begins from today
Four-day-long Chhath festival begins from Saturday by worshipping the setting and rising sun. Hindus mainly in Terai region of Nepal celebrate the Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the God of Surya with enthusiasm.
The first day of Chhath is marked by taking holy bath and to make preperation for the fasting of the next day. The main day of the festival is observed on Kartika Shukla Shashti, the sixth day of the month of Kartik in the Nepali calendar. On the last day, which is very important of the Chhath festival, argha is offered to the rising sun with rituals. The festival ends with the breaking of the fast by the the devotees to receive the prashad.
The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath fesival to promote well-being,
prosperity and progress. In Hinduism, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders.
Although it is observed most elaborately in the Terai region, the festival is also being celebrated in other parts of the country including the capital. Devotees thronged Rani Pokhari in Kathmandu on the day of the Chhath to offer their pray to the Sun.