This is how Chhath was celebrated
Hundreds of Indian-American devotees watched all festival-related events on Zoom and other social media forums, including sunset worship on Friday and sunrise on Saturday. Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. During this, people keep fast, bathe in rivers and worship the Sun God. The festival, celebrated for four days, ended on Saturday morning.
Social distancing is also followed
Indian-American Kripa Singh said, ‘At one time only 25 people were present in the Potomac River and the family members maintained social distance from each other. People who came to the campus to see Chhath Puja also kept a distance. Singh, a software engineer by profession, has been celebrating Chhath Puja on the banks of the Potomac River in the Virginia suburb of Washington DC since 2006 with his wife Anita.
Singh said that the entire program from Kharna to the morning arghya was broadcast on Zoom and Facebook for those who could not attend due to the epidemic. It was also broadcast to their families living in India and Nepal. The ‘Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America’ celebrated Chhath Puja for the fourth consecutive year at Thomson Park in Monroe, New Jersey. The Consulate General of India, Randhir Jaiswal and Deputy Consul General Shatrughan Sinha also attended the ceremony in New York. Chhath Puja was also celebrated in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas.
Chhath festival was celebrated in America like this