Kathmandu gears up for Chhath celebrations (Photo Feature)
Photos: Abhishek Maharjan & Ashok Dulal/ApEx
The preparations for the Chhath festival in Kathmandu are nearing completion, with the banks of the Bagmati River and the city's ponds adorned in vibrant decorations for the upcoming celebration.
This revered festival, deeply entrenched in Nepali tradition, venerates the Sun God, Surya, and Chhathi Maiya, the Goddess of Purity, Fertility, and Power. Its observance involves meticulous rituals and offerings, symbolizing gratitude, penance, and the pursuit of blessings for well-being and prosperity.
Nepal, renowned for its rich cultural diversity, embraces Chhath with profound enthusiasm and reverence. The festival holds significant importance in the hearts of Nepalis, particularly those dwelling in the Terai region. Rivers and ponds across Kathmandu transform into lively hubs of colorful decorations and communal gatherings during this auspicious occasion.
The detailed preparations for Chhath encompass a multitude of activities, from diligently cleaning the riverbanks and ponds to embellishing them with vibrant ornamentation. Elaborate makeshift stages, referred to as 'ghats,' are meticulously constructed along the riverbanks, where devotees will partake in various rituals and offer prayers to the rising and setting sun.
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