Why We Love to Celebrate Chhath Puja
The festival of honoring and offering praises to the Sun God, known as Chhath Puja,Etymologically, the word Chhath is made up of two rods: Chah, meaning 6 stages and Hath, meaning the science of Hath Yog (austerity)
1. Chhath puja is dedicated to the worship of the Sun God 'Surya'. Instead of idol worship, it's gratifying to worship a natural phenomenon which is the life force of the entire universe.
According to Hindu traditions, the sun god 'Surya' is the supreme deity which represents will-power, fame, the eyes, general vitality, courage and kingship.
2. We absolutely love when our moms take a dip in a river for 'nahai-khai'
The nahai-khai is the ritualistic bath performed on the first day of the puja.
3. It takes immense willpower to be vratins
'Vratins' are the women who perform the chhath prayers and observe a difficult fast. They have to make sure that they follow the age old rituals of holy bathing, fasting and standing for hours in water to make offerings to the Sun God.
4. It’s the best feeling to eat aloo bhat after the holy 'nahai khai'
It's a tradition to make 'aloo bhat' or 'lauki bhat' during Chhath puja.
5. It’s a divine feeling to observe kharna
The second day of the festival is called kharna, where the devotees observe fast for a whole day.
6. We get to taste the revered thekuas, which tastes so delicious
Thekua is a dry sweet made of wheat flour, melted sugar and ghee.
7. The food cooked in chulhas tastes the best
All the food during the festival is strictly made on mud stoves.
8. The floating diyas on the day of 'arghya' are a treat for the eyes
'Arghya' are the prayers offered to the setting sun. Diyas along with sandalwood, vermillion, rice and fruits are offered to the Sun God.
9. We just can’t get enough of the sweet rasiao-kheer
Another sumptuous delicacy prepared during Chhath is rasiao kheer, which is kheer prepared from rice.
10. Breaking the fast on the last day gives a sense of achievement