With substantial population of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh residing in Delhi, the Delhi government forwarded a proposal to declare Chhatth puja a public holiday and the proposal has been approved by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
The day this year when holiday will be observed is October 26, when Sandhya Arghya of Chhath puja would be offered.
Chhath Puja for 2017 is being widely celebrated across the state of Bihar, where the four days of Chhath puja, also called Chhath Parv, are celebrated. Politicians like Lalu Yadav and his wife, Rabri Devi are also celebrating the festival in full swing.
On October 26, all government offices will be shut in the national capital. The Delhi High Court has also asked the Delhi police to ensure that no one uses stages and loudspeaker at a South Delhi ground for Chhath Puja celebrations.
The AAP government had declared a holiday on the occasion of Chhath puja last year as well.
“The L-G has approved the government’s proposal to declare a public holiday on October 26 on the occasion of Chhath Puja,” said the official, who did not wish to be named.
Meanwhile, with the beginning of the four-day festival in the city, the Delhi government said that it has chalked out a plan to check arrangements at all ghats by the ministers, including the chief minister, MLAs and officers concerned.