Art and Culture of ChhapraThe city of Chhapra has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to ancient times. In fact, this region finds mention as one of the places where Lord Buddha halted before attaining nirvana. What is extremely significant about Chhapra is that it represents the face of the Bhojpuri culture in Bihar. The term ‘Bhojpuri’ comes from the period of the famous medieval king Maharaja Bhoj who ruled parts of what is present day Bihar and also refers to the dominant language spoken by the people of the region.
Religion and Festivals of ChhapraHinduism is the dominant religion, followed by Islam, Jainism and Christianity. People of different religions like Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Buddhist and communities live together in peace and harmony practicing their own cultures. It interesting that Chhapra has several sites that are sacred for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. India is a land of festivals and Chhapra is like any other Indian city that celebrates all festivals with fervor and spirit.
Apart from the popular festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid and Christmas, there are particular to the place. A major festival is Chatth Puja, festival of the Sun God, which is a major aspect of Bihari culture. People celebrate this 4 day festival with complete faith and sing songs in honour of ‘Surya Dev’ (Sun God) and ‘Chatti Maiyya’ (the Divine Mother). Interestinlgly, many Muslims also participate actively in this Hindu puja. Karthik Purnima, the day of the full moon, is also celebrated with fervour and people gather specially on the occasion at the famous Sonepur mela.