October 30, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday highlighted the importance of Chhath festival, saying it is the only festival when people worship the setting sun.
“Chhath is a very big festival in eastern India and it is celebrated with great fervour and it goes on for four days,” he said.
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“There is a saying across the world that people worship the shining sun, but Chhath is the only festival in which people offer ‘arghya’ (offering water) to the setting sun, which gives a great social message,” he said in his 25th Mann Ki Baat.
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The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank lord Sun, who is considered the god of energy. Sun is worshiped to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. (IANS)