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The Delhi government on Monday declared a public holiday on ‘Chhath puja’

Chhath puja is celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali and is dedicated to the Sun God.

“Offices will remain closed on October 26 to mark Chhath puja. A notification in this connection will be issued very soon,” the official said, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party government was the first to announce a public holiday on Chhath puja when it came to power in 2015.

“This year, Chhath puja is being observed at 565 places while last year it was organised at 268 ghats only. The government had earlier constructed 50 permanent (pucca) ghats for Chhath Puja celebrations,” said a statement from the government.

Rai also directed the irrigation and flood control department to install notice boards to inform the devotees about the depth of the water at every ghat.

Chhath puja is celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali and is dedicated to the Sun God. It is one of the most popular festivals in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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