The Delhi government has declared a holiday for schools, colleges and government offices on November 13, on the occasion of Chhath Pooja. Reports said that the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also made a request to Lt Governor Anil Baijal to declare a holiday on the festival.
November 13, Tuesday, is the day when Sandhya Arghya of Chhath Puja is performed. The Delhi government has decided to declare a holiday for the festival.
However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has declared a holiday on the occasion of the Chhath Puja ever since it came to power in the year 2014. This year, Delhi development minister Gopal Rai himself checked the arrangements for the Chhath Puja on the Yamuna ghats.
Chhath Puja is a major festival in Bihar and is celebrated by people from Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh living in various parts of the country. The festival also becomes important keeping in mind the 40 lakh strong population belonging to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh living in Delhi.