What is Hal Chhath
or Hal Shashthi ?
is one of the most famous festivals in the region of north India. Hal
Shashthi is the occasion which is most popular in the farming community of
Why is Hal Chhath or Hal Shashthi celebrated ?
Hal Chhath is celebrated as the birthday of Lord
Balram - the elder brother of Lord Krishna. The day is also known as Shasti or
Lalhi Shast. Shovel and pestle (Hal) were the main weapons of
Balram. As a result, he is also referred to as Haldhar on many
Hal Chhath is primarily celebrated by the married
women. Women observed a fast on that day for obtaining a male child or for
good health of their children. They not only engage in the fast acts but
also engage with various types of ritual acts for needy people. They performs a
religious bath on that day to make themselves pure for the ritual acts. people
worship Lord Balram and Lord Krishna on this day.
When is Hal Chhath or Hal Shashthi celebrated
According to the Hindu calendar, this fast is
observed on the Shasti of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada every year. In 2011,
Hal Shashthi will be celebrated on 19 August.