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Delhi Chhath Puja: “Permission to celebrate Chhath Puja at designated places”, Deputy CM said- Follow Covid-19 protocol

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to reopen all school-colleges and Chhath Puja celebrations in the city from November 1. Permitted to celebrate amidst strict protocol of 19. Sisodia said a limited number of people would be allowed to perform Chhath Puja at pre-decided places in the capital.

He said, “People are requested to follow all the Covid-19 protocols and wear masks… Corona situation in Delhi is under control, but everyone has to be careful.”

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), led by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, held a meeting today to discuss the coronavirus situation in the national capital.

During the meeting, the DDMA decided to lift the ban imposed on Chhath Puja celebrations at public places in Delhi. The DDMA in its order on September 30 had banned the celebration of Chhath on river banks, water bodies and temples in view of COVID-19.

But as the COVID-19 situation in the national capital has improved a lot, there were demands from various groups and political parties to allow the celebration of Chhath Puja.

Considering the improvement in the Covid-19 situation, it was expected that the DDMA would allow Chhath celebrations in public places after today’s meeting.

Chhath is a major festival celebrated in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (Purvanchali community). The national capital has a large community and mostly resides in East Delhi.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday launched a special drive to provide the Covid-19 vaccine to devotees going on a fast after Diwali, the Chhath festival, at Ibrahimpur village in North East Delhi’s Burari area.

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari was also with him. Later, Puri shared pictures from the launch and sought blessings for everyone from “Chhath Maiya” in a tweet in Bhojpuri.

Manoj Tiwari, MP from North East Delhi, who had strongly opposed the ban on Chhath, had announced a vaccination drive of “Chhathvratis” so that the festival can be celebrated safely.

More than 10,000 people across the city are to be vaccinated during the campaign. In Chhath, celebrated after Diwali by the people of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, women offer “arghya” by fasting to the Sun God in knee-deep water.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier this month written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal requesting him to allow Chhath Puja in Delhi.

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