India: On the occasion of Chhath Puja Delhi govt announces Nov 2 as a public holiday
The Delhi Government announced Friday 2 November as a public holiday on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja.
The notification issued by the General Administration said, “The Lt. Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi is pleased to declare Saturday, 2 November 2019 a holiday in all government offices on behalf of Chhath Puja.”
Gopal Rai, Minister of Jobs, Development, Labor, General Administration and Irrigation in Delhi Government tweeted, “The Delhi Government declared a holiday on November 2 on the auspicious occasion of ‘ Chhath Mahaparva. ‘ Happy Chhath Mahaparva to all Chhath Vratis of Delhi.”
Four-day long Chhath Puja is celebrated in various states, primarily in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. It began on October 31 and will be concluded on Sunday after the devotees gave ‘ argha ‘ to the rising Sun and ended their 36-hour run.
Chhath Puja is observed on the sixth day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar, which is also celebrated on the fourth day after Diwali.
The first day of the festival is called Nahai Khai, which begins with devotees taking a holy dip in the Ganga River. The next day, the devotees observe a full-day fast that is completed in the evening after praying to the sun and the moon at sunset. The third day is ‘ pehla argha ‘ or ‘ sandhya argha. ‘ Devotees and their families go to the bank of the river and give Prasad to the Sun God at sunset and pray for happiness and prosperity.
On the fourth and last day, which is also known as ‘ doosra argha, ‘ devotees offer their prayers to the sun god on the banks of the river before sunrise and conclude their fasts and eat special prasads and delicacies made for the festival.