Chhath Puja, Dala Chhath or Surya Shashthi, is celebrated after Deepavali on Kartik Shukla Paksha Shashthi that coincides with the months of October & November. Chhath puja is celebrated twice in a year, however, the most important being Kartik Chhath.
The do’s and don’ts of Chhath Puja are very strict. People take all possible steps to keep the sanctity & holiness of this festival while making Prasad and offering Arghya.
As soon as Deepavali festival ends, preparation for Chhath Puja begins. Help the Vratti (the lady supposed to observe the fast) in washing and drying the wheat for Prasad making later.
Be clean and take a bath daily before touching indulging yourself in any of the processes of Chhath Puja.
Wash your hands and then touch the belongings used in the puja.
Before making Prasad, make sure you clean your hands and feet well.
On the day of Chhath Puja during Sandhya Ghat and Bhorwa Ghat, take a bath, wear new clothes and then accompany your family and friends at the banks of the river.
Worship the Sun God and take the blessings of elders.
Do not touch anything meant for puja without washing the hands or taking a bath.
Do not eat or touch salty items during Prasad making as it is highly prohibited.
Do not eat non-vegetarian items at home if someone in your family is about to observe the Chhath Puja.
Do not let children eat or bite the puja fruits and Prasad until the festival comes to a halt.
Do not spread stuff and things meant for puja here and there.
Do not wear dirty clothes during puja instead; wear only clean and new clothes.
Do not drink or smoke as it is heavily prohibited during puja.
At last, the general belief is that the Chhath Puja is conducted with utter purity and reverence that brings prosperity and good health to the family and friends.