Shashthi (day)

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For Hindu goddess, see Shashti (goddess).

Shashthi (Sanskrit: Ṣaṣṭhī ) also referred to as Chhath is the sixth day or tithi of a Paksha or fourteen-day phase of the moon. The word comes from the Sanskrit cardinal ṣaṣ (six), whence the ordinal number (linguistics) ṣaṣṭha (sixth), fem. ṣaṣṭhī (days of the pakSha are feminine gender). The sixth tithi, especially in the waxing period (shuklapaksha), is important in several rituals including: