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Chhath festival begins today

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JANAKPUR — The four-day Chhath festival, a religious and cultural festival of worshipping and offering homage to nature and the Sun God — observed as common cultural symbol of the Tarai, begins from Tuesday.

The festival starts on Kartik Shukla Chaturthi or the fourth day of the waning moon in the Nepali month of Kartik as per the lunar calendar. It usually falls between October and November in the Gregorian calendar.

The ritual of Chhat Parba includes taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to “Rising and setting Sun”.

The Sun, considered as the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress.

As part of the main rituals of the festival, what is called the ‘arawa-arawaen’ ritual is observed on the first day today. This ritual is also called the “nahaya-khaya”.

The second day’s ritual is called “kharana” and the third day ritual is observed by making offerings and praying to the setting sun while the Chhath festival is concluded the next day by making offerings and paying homage to the rising sun.

There is a belief that a person is blessed with health, happiness, prosperity, and offspring by praying and making offerings to the sun god during the Chhath festival. It is also believed that taking holy dips in rivers, lakes, and ponds during the Chhath also cures skin diseases.

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Advance booking open for Dashin

Pratigya Waiju

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Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.

The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking.  Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.

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