“Many best wishes to all of you on Chhath, the festival of sun worship. May Chhath Goddess bless everyone with good health and happiness,” read PM Modi’s tweet roughly translated from Hindi.
सूर्योपासना के महापर्व छठ की आप सभी को ढेरों शुभकामनाएं। छठी मइया हर किसी को उत्तम स्वास्थ्य और सुख-सौभाग्य प्रदान… https://t.co/SkyrVZEDbn
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1636517786000
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind also greeted the nation on the occasion of Chhath Puja and wished the festival would strengthen people’s efforts to protect the environment.
“Greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja. This festival is an occasion to acknowledge our dependence on nature, especially the sun and water. I wish that along with making our cultural heritage strong, this festival should also strengthen our efforts to protect the environment,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan.
छठ पूजा के शुभ अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों को शुभकामनाएं। यह पर्व प्रकृति, विशेषकर सूर्य व जल पर हमारी निर्भरता को… https://t.co/Ab0sR6U2Tc
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1636512725000
Chhath Puja is celebrated widely across north India, especially in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. This year the festival starts with Nahay Khay on November 8, 2021, and concludes with Usha Arghya on November 11, 2021.
From worshipping the sun to making satwik food including kheer with gud, thekua and arwa chawal, and hopping from one stall to another in melas, people celebrate Chhath Puja in their own special ways.