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Chhath Puja. The Hindu festival of Chhath is celebrated annually after Diwali, with the rituals observed over a period of four days starting from Nahay-Khay on 8 November. Observed in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, Chhath is dedicated to Surya Bhagavan (सूर्य, Lord Surya) the solar deity in Hinduism, one of the five major deities and an epithet for Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. He is often depicted driving a chariot harnessed to seven horses that represent the seven colours of visible light and the seven days of the week. Surya as a deity is also found in the art and literature of Buddhism and Jainism. In Nepal, followers worship Lord Surya over the four days for the wellbeing, development and prosperity of their family. At the start of the current Chhath festival, devotees gathered on the banks of rivers to take the early morning bath. The Delhi government declared 10 November 2021 as a public holiday for Chhath Puja, but those going to the Yamuna riverfront at Kalindi Kunj found the water of this main tributary of the Goddess Ganga (Ganges), the holiest river of Hinduism, filled with toxic foam amid heavy smog. The worst post-Diwali smog levels in five years were caused by ignoring the complete ban on firecrackers until 1 January and Delhi’s air quality level entered the severe zone on Diwali night, with emissions from stubble-burning on farms contributing over one-third of the emissions that partially blotted out the sun in Delhi and neighbouring cities. On Nahay-Khay morning, after the women bathed they cleaned the grain for the puja ceremonial worship and dried it in the sun before cooking it using mud or bronze utensils and mango wood over a mud stove. After worship, the midday meal was followed by a waterless fast until the following evening’s after-sunset worship of the Sun. Today’s rituals include worship of Lord Surya with evening offerings and folk songs. On 11 November, a thirty-six-hour fast is broken with a meal shared by neighbours and relatives. Another Chhath Puja, known as Chaiti Chhath, will be celebrated after Holi, which will be from sunset on 17 March to sunset on 18 March 2022. Image: latestly.com.

St Andrew Avellino (Lancelotto) (1521-1608). Feast Day commemorating the death of the Italian priest and confessor born at Castronuovo (present-day Castronuovo di Sant’Andrea) in the province of Potenza who took the ecclesiastical tonsure to escape female admirers. A Doctor of Laws, he was ordained priest at twenty-six and was commissioned to reform a convent at Naples, which by the laxity of its discipline had become a source of great scandal. He was assaulted and severely wounded by men who were having clandestine meetings with the nuns and he was taken to the monastery of the Theatines to recuperate. He resolved to devote himself entirely to God and entered the 1524 Order of Theatines and in 1556, on the vigil of the Assumption, he was invested. After a visit to the tombs of the Apostles and Martyrs in Rome, he was made Master of Novices for ten years, until he was elected Superior. The General of his Order entrusted him with the foundation of two new Theatine houses, in Milan and Piacenza, and more arose in various dioceses of Italy. Disciples thronged around Andrew, eager to be under his spiritual guidance, and whilst preaching, hearing confessions and visiting the sick he wrote ascetical works. His letters were published in two volumes in 1731 at Naples and his other ascetical works were published three years later in five volumes. Andrew died in Naples on 10 November 1608, when beginning the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Major shrine Church of San Paolo Maggiore, Naples. Patron of Naples and Sicily, invoked against sudden death and for the protection of stroke victims. Image: Etsy, Inc.

Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Saint Áed Mac Bricc, November 10

St Áed mac Bricc (St Hugh of Rahugh) (d589), Catholic celebration of the Irish Bishop of Killare whose principal church was at Rahugh (Ráith Áeda Meic Bricc) in modern County Westmeath. In the Codex Salmanticensis medieval Irish manuscript containing an extensive collection of Irish saints’ lives, he is a peacemaker between Munster and the Uí Néill (O’Neills), as he had cross-border ancestry through his mother. A concern of his was local violence and with it the poverty and insecurity of women, especially nuns. Having a profound interest in the well-being of religious women, Áed frequently visited settlements of holy virgins who received him with the respect due to a man of his position. When he saw that an unmarried serving girl was pregnant, he heard her confession and after she did penance blessed her, the baby disappearing as if it had never been there. Áed died in 589 in Slieve League (Sliabh Liacc) in Donegal, where he had been a hermit for some time. Venerated in Roman Catholicism. An early Latin Life of Áed, perhaps dating from the period between 750 and 850, survives. Although the Life borrows from Adomnán’s life of Columba, a copy of which may have been obtained from the nearby monastery of Durrow, its central concerns are indeed local violence and the poverty and insecurity of women, especially nuns. Patron of the Uí Néill and against headaches, a stone close to the present Rahugh church being associated with their cure. Image: Fomniumsanctorumhiberniae.blogspot.

Prayer O all-praised Áed, thy name is truly glorious, for thy soul was taken up to heaven, which cast wide its gates of pearl to admit thee. Wherefore, having entered therein and joined the choirs of all the angels and of the saints, we beseech Christ God that he grant us peace and great mercy. Amen