Delhi celebrates Chhath Puja with traditional dip in Yamuna River amid toxic foam concerns

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Residents in Delhi celebrated the Hindu festival of Chhath Puja on Monday by trudging through the Yamuna River, despite the presence of white foam that has been described as toxic by authorities.

The foam comes from sludge and untreated waste, said a former adviser to the Delhi government, adding that the city’s water board was spraying a food-grade chemical to control it.

During Chhath Puja, families visit rivers considered holy in Hinduism to mark the festival. They stand in the river for a long time, taking dips and making offerings to the setting and rising sun.

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