Sunday, October 25, 2009

Biharis in Sikkim celebrate Chhath Puja

Gangtok,October25: Chhath puja the three-day festival honouring the sun god that began Friday is being celebrated with fervour by north Indians in Sikkim. Bihari community's much-awaited festival was celebrated with great gusto in Gangtok,Jorethang and Rangpo town on Saturday .Members of the community gathered at weir-cum-causeway in the evening, where puja rituals began with the setting sun. The puja will conclude with offering prayers at sun rise on Sunday.

Though many had gathered near lakes or Teesta river in their own areas, majority of community members gathered at Thakurbari in Gangtok, where special arrangements for offering puja was arranged by the Bihari Kalyan Manch.Apart from adults, youths and children took part in the festival in large number.

"This is the most important festival for Biharis and it helps maintain a bond with our homeland," said RamLakhan, a resident of Ranipool. Performing Chhat brings peace, prosperity and wellness in one's family, he said. He said that Chhat has assumed dimensions of a national festival like Holi, which is slowly being celebrated now by members of other communities too.

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