Kathmandu, Nov. 18: Vice President Ramsahay Prasad Yadav has wished for the happiness, prosperity and good health of all Nepalis on the occasion of the Chhath festival.
Chhath is a four-day festival celebrated by worshipping both the rising and the setting sun.
As per the greeting message issued by the Vice President, the worship is a way to thank the sun for helping sustain life on Earth.
According to Vice President Yadav, the festival also represents human’s relationship with nature and strengthens ethnic harmony.
Baskets, lamps and other objects made by members of the so-called low caste Dom, Mali and Kumhale groups are integral to Chhath celebrations.
In addition to the sun, worshippers also pray to the Chhathi Maiya. Chhathi Maiya is considered the sister of the sun god Surya Dev. She especially protects children.
Yadav hoped that the Chhath festival would strengthen Nepal’s national unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty and nationality and inspire all Nepalis to work for the prosperity of the country.