Association of Nepal Terai in Australia (ANT-Aus) has celebrated Chhath pooja in Sydney on the 21st and 22nd of November 2020(Sunday and Monday) at the Georges River, Chipping Norton. The first day of the pooja was done by worshiping the sun while it was settling down to the horizon and the second day of the pooja was done by worshipping the rising sun standing in the water of Georges river in Sydney.
Despite of toughness to organize such a mass gathering event for ANT-Aus due to the COVID-19 restriction, event was grand success with the presence of recorded 160 devotees. It was well organized event with according to NSW state regulations.
As a continuity of the cultural preservation of Terai-Madhes of Nepal, it is twelfth-time ANT-Aus has organized the Chahth pooja in Sydney. With the ANT-Aus’s vice president Mrs. Sangita Sah some other devotees(Bratalu) were fasting even without water for the pooja. As per every year since 2008, Chhath pooja was held in the same way as it is done in homeland Nepal. Unfortunately, there were no participation from outside Sydeny sue to the Covid-19 restrictions for this key holy festivals of Terai-Madhes of Nepal. Along with other participants, there were few community leaders including Mr. Dev Guung and Arun Thakur(immidiate past president of ANT-Aus as well) participated the holy pooja and had a traditional Chhath prasad called ‘Thekuwa’.