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Chhath Puja: All you need to know about the festival

Celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali, Chhath is an ancient festival dedicated to the Sun God for a period of four days.
Ghats have been spruced up, roads wiped clean and all arrangements are in place as people, mainly from the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, are all set to observe their most important festival of the year today. Celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali, Chhath is an ancient festival dedicated to the Sun God.
With the rituals actually spanning over four days, Chhath is also considered one of the most difficult festivals. Those doing the puja, mostly women, have to go without food and water for long durations over these four days.
On the first day, which is called ‘nahan khan’ or ‘nahai khai’, the worshippers take a dip in a river or a pond in the morning and carry home water from the same water body. The water is used to prepare prasad (offerings) for the Sun God. The house and its surroundings are then cleaned. These worshippers have only one meal on this day.
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