The four-day celebrations of Chhath Puja have begun throughout the nation with restrictions in place as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Chhath, celebrated six days after Diwali, is a serious pageant for the folks of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The annual pageant is devoted to the Sun god.
Due to the pandemic, that has led to restrictions on all festivals this previous yr, Chhath can even not be celebrated within the regular manner.
A key ritual of Chhath includes devotees standing in water of ponds or lakes and making choices to the deity at sundown and dawn.
With the pandemic nonetheless raging, this generally is a reason behind concern as it could unfold the an infection thus main a number of states limiting actions.
Delhi, that declared Chhath Puja as a vacation, did not permit group celebration and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the folks to not rejoice at ponds and different water our bodies.
“Even if one COVID-19 infected person enters the water during Chhath Puja, all others might get infected by the virus,” he stated, including his authorities is being compelled to limit Chhath Puja celebrations at river banks, ponds and different public locations as a result of risk of a spike in circumstances.
Jharkhand, nonetheless, in an u-turn, allowed rituals on the banks of rivers, ponds and different public waterbodies for the pageant, two days after banning the identical in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The West Bengal authorities too urged folks to carry out Chhath Puja rituals at dwelling or at close by water our bodies in small teams and never take out processions.
Several districts in Maharashtra too, together with Pune, have referred to as for restricted celebrations through the pageant. Devotees have been requested to rejoice the pageant indoors by following mandatory protocols.
Several leaders and politicians have prolonged their greetings on the event whereas asking everybody to comply with restrictions and rejoice responsibly.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has requested everybody celebrating Chhath Puja to stay vigilant towards coronavirus.
This morning President Ram Nath Kovind additionally prolonged his greetings on the event of Chhath Puja and requested everybody to rejoice protecting the pandemic in thoughts.
Greetings to fellow residents on Chhath Puja.
May ‘Chhath Maiya’ bless all of the residents with good well being and prosperity.
On this auspicious event, allow us to resolve to protect nature and atmosphere and rejoice the pageant protecting in thoughts the unfold of Covid-19.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 20, 2020
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal additionally wished everybody on Chhath Puja.
“Wishing everyone on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja. May Chhathi Maiya fulfil all your wishes and you remain healthy and prosperous,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
The pageant will conclude on Saturday with prayers to the rising Sun.