Monday, December 5, 2022

Fairs & Festivals


Nirjala Ekadashi

On the eleventh day of the bright half of Jeth (May-June) falls Nirjala Ekadashi, which is better known in the Punjab as Nimani Kasti. Hindus, especially women observe fast on this day and smear the body with powdered  sandal wood. This fast is very hard to keep because for the whole day one has to abstain even from water. Charitably inclined people put up stalls for free distribution of sweetened and chilled water. The stalls known as chhabils, are a common sight on this day.