Chhath begins in Madhes amid political tension

RAUTAHAT: Preparations for Chhath, the biggest festival of Tarai-based Hindus, have reached its final phase, on its first day on Sunday.

The four-day festival, which starts from Kartik Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the fortnight of waxing moon in the month of Kartik), is celebrated at a very large scale by the people of Tarai and Mithila region.

People take bath and get ready to worship the Sun God. Women, who choose to fast through the festival, consume rice, pulses, pumpkins and gourds on the previous day.

Women fast for 36 hours without water and offer foods to the God.

People have crowded the markets in Gaur, Chandranigahapur, Garuda, Katahariya and Shivnagar of Rautahat district for the festive shopping.

Yet the business is not as expected and people are seen flocking to Indian markets across the border following the lack of supplies due to the ongoing border blockade.

Likewise, people are being compelled to pay more and facing a hard time to reach their destinations.