It is a relevant tradition regarding Chhath Puja that if a family starts offering then it should continue the tradition. If any case the family is not able to offer the Puja, they should co-operate or assist friends, relatives, neighbours or some one else who is performing it .
It is also believed that helping or assisting devotees gives fruitful results to the person who helps them. There are so many people who use to carry the baskets containing offerings to the ghats.
Utensils are cleaned and purified to cook offerings (Prasad). Devotees sleep on the floor on a single blanket during the festival night.
Foods and Prasads (offerings) are cooked with dry wood on new oven made of brick and soil. Garlic and Onions are kept away. Rock salts, pure ghee and sugar. are used.
Devotees stand in knee deep water and sometimes in waist deep water at the time of offering “Arghya” to setting or rising Sun. New cloths are essential for devotees. Devotees wear unstiched cloths (as per local the tradition).
Visitors touch the feet of devotees and get Prasad. No one hesitates in demanding Prasad from even a stranger.
Devotees are mainly women called Parvaitin derived from Sanskrit means ‘occasion or festival’. Though a large number of men also are the main worshiper.
Devotional folk songs are sung both at home and on the banks of river or pond in the honour of “Surya Dev” and “Chhathi Maiyya”. All the road directing toward the ghats are cleaned and decorated. Ghats are decorated with colorful papers, ribbons , banners and lights.
There are so many people who sleep on the bank of river or pond where ever they perform the Puja.छठ पूजा व्रत के नियम हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिये यहां क्लिक करें