On the first day of Chhath, the Parvaitins take only one meal during the day after the sunset. On the second day, the Parvaitins observed the fast through the whole day and eat bread only after the sunset when they are done with the Puja.Parvaitins go on a fast for next 36 hours, without food and water. They open their fast on the fourth day after they offer prayers to the rising sun in the morning. Parvaitins along with their family members visit River Ganges before sun rise. With folded hands, they welcome the Sun, offering sandalwood, vermillion, rice and fruits covered in saffron colored cotton cloth. Chanting of the mantras and hymns are done continuously.
CHHATH PUJA VRAT 2013
November 6, 2013 – Naha Kha (Bathe and eat)
November 7, 2013 – Kharna/Lohanda(fasting, ending after sunset, followed by 36 hour long fast)
November 8 , 2013- Sandhya Argh (evening offerings)
November 9, 2013- Suryodaya Argh(next morning offerings)
November 9, 2013 – Paran (breaking of the fast)