Western Odisha gears up to celebrate the Agricultural-based festival “Nuakhai". More than one crore people of 10 Districts in Western Odisha to celebrate Nuakhai.
As per rituals, Navanna (Prasad made from New crop) will be offered to deities.
The festival of brotherhood brings new hope, new enthusiasm to everyone’s mind. This food festival Nuakhai spreads the message importance of food and agriculture.
Due to the COVID-19 restriction, the festival was not celebrated for the last 2 years. So people are getting prepared for this festival. It is a festival of Unity & reunion.
The Mass Festival is celebrated together with all the family members. People of western Odisha worship their presiding deities during Nuakhai celebrations as a mark of gratitude for bumper crops, good rain, and favorable weather for farming activities.
Despite all problems between family members, everyone celebrates with great joy. No matter how far away they are. By keeping all work aside everyone returns home. A few days before the festival, everyone cleans their homes and articles. The market becomes crowded.
On account of the Auspicious day, special rituals are performed in Maa Samaleswari Temple in the Sambalpur district.