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Chhath festival being observed today

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KATHMANDU — The main ritual of the four-day Chhath festival is being observed today by worshipping and making offerings to the setting sun. The Chhath festival observed as common cultural symbol of the Tarai is celebrated as per religious tradition and much fanfare.

The festival is dedicated to the Sun God, with offerings made to the rising and setting Sun. It is observed for four days, from Kartik Shukla Chaturthi to Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar.

The festive fanfare can be seen in different parts including Ranipokhari, Gaurighat, Kupondole of Kathmandu Valley as well.

It usually falls between October and November in the Gregorian calendar. 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.

The ritual of Chhath festival includes taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time and offering prasad and argha to the ‘rising and setting Sun”.

Chhath is a festival of bathing and worshipping, that follows a period of abstinence and segregation of the worshiper from the main household for four days. During this period, the worshiper observes purity and sleeps on the floor on a single blanket.

This is the only holy festival which has no involvement of any pandit (priest).The devotees offer their prayers to the setting Sun, and then the rising Sun in celebrating its glory as the cycle of birth starts with death.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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