Chhath Puja 2017 Date & Time in Mauritius, UK: October 26 Sunset and 27 Sunrise Timings
New Delhi, Oct 26: Along with several states in India, Chhath Puja is also celebrated in several cities abroad. Mauritius and the United Kingdom is two such places where the Indian population celebrate Chhath puja with much galore. Devotees in India and abroad will worship the Sun on Thursday and Friday by visiting river banks and offering prayers at sunset and sunrise. People in large number are expected in the water body banks during sunset and sunrise.
In Mauritius, the sun will set on October 26 at 6.16 pm (GMT+4) and will rise on October 27 at 5.31 am.
In the United Kingdom (UK), the sun will set at 5.45 pm (GMT+1) and will rise at 7.45 am.
In Mauritius, while other Indian festivals were celebrated widely, Chhath was lagging behind. But later this disparity was removed and Chhath came to be celebrated too. Noteworthy that more than 70 per cent of people living in India are of Indian origin.
UK also shelters a large number of Indians from all over the country and hence, the Sun worshiping will be held grandly celebrated.
About Chhath Puja 2017
This year Chhath is being celebrated from October 24- 27. The devotees offer ‘arghya’ to the setting sun and the rising sun in succession on the last two days of the puja.
The first day marks the ritual of ‘Nahai-Khai’ in which devotees prepare traditional food after bathing.
The second day is called ‘Kharna’, during which devotees observe a day-long fast which ends with sunset. They then cook ‘kheer’ and roti on earthen chullahs, which is then distributed as ‘prasad’.
On the third day, the devotees stand in water and offer ‘Arghya’ to the setting sun. On the final day of the puja, they converge at river banks before sunrise and offer ‘Arghya’ to the rising sun in wicker baskets.