Delhi government declares Chhath Puja a public holiday

On October 29, the DDMA had allowed Chhath Puja celebrations at designated sites, except at the banks of the Yamuna river.

The Delhi government has declared Chhath Puja, which falls on November 10, as a public holiday.

An order from the office of the Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, read, “Chhat Puja is important for the people of NCT of Delhi. Accordingly, government of NCT of Delhi, has decided to declare 10th November, 2021, as a public holiday on account of Chhat Puja. Necessary notification in this regard may be issued.”

On October 29, the DDMA had allowed Chhath Puja celebrations at designated sites, except at the banks of the Yamuna river. Earlier, DDMA had denied permission to celebrate the festival in public, citing restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After protests from the BJP and Congress, the government had written to the Centre seeking permission for public celebrations. When that did not yield any results, a DDMA meeting was held to allow the festivities.

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