Chhath, the festival of purity, goodwill and faith, is being observed with high regard and much fanfare today. The main ritual of this four-day Chhath festival begins in the evening by worshipping and making offerings to the setting sun.
Mostly observed in the districts of Tarai, this festival is being marked in the districts of hilly and mountainous areas including in the Kathmandu Valley in the recent years.
As major part of the festival, the setting sun is worshipped by offering argha while the same process is followed to worship the rising sun on Monday morning to bring the festival to an end.
Tonight the revelers observe a fast and stay awake all night and offer prayers to the rising sun tomorrow morning.
Banks of rivers, streams and ponds across the country are decorated for the Chhath festival.
It is widely believed that observing a fast in obeisance of Chhathi goddess will bring desired results and well-being for the family and all of their sorrows and troubles will vanish away.
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced a public holiday today to mark the festival.