Nuakhai: Significance of the Odiya Harvest Festival
Nuakhai is an agricultural festival celebrated by the people of Western Odisha in India. For the last 17 years, it has been also praised in Bangalore. This festival is celebrated with much excitement and dedication in Sambalpur. According to the custom of the festival, Navanna, the rice which is collected recently is offered to Maa Samaleswari, the managing god of Sambalpur at around 9 am today. Nuakhai is mainly observed to welcome the new rice of the season. According to the Hindu calendar, it is observed on Panchami tithi (the fifth day) of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhaadra (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. | Nuakhai: Significance of the Odiya Harvest Festival |
On the festival day, Odia families clad in Sambalpuri attires in colorful dresses with a beautiful yellow flower tucked in hair. For the celebration of the harvest festival, many groups of dancers gracefully dance to the rhythmic beats of the traditional instruments of dhol, tasa, nisam, and muhuri.
Nuakhai is no longer a local festival. It is now celebrated in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Even the festival also has crosses the shores to reach the Gulf countries with equal fervour.
Nuakhai is the most auspicious and important social festival in Western Odisha and the neighboring areas of Simdega in Jharkhand. It is celebrated throughout Odisha and will be held on September 3, 2019. The world ‘Nua’ translates to new and ‘Khai’ means food – the name of the festival signifies the possession of new rice in granaries, an event that calls for revelry. To experience the festive mood and rustic culture of Odisha, traveling during the festival’s time is an especially good time.
Book now AHA Taxis Outstation cabs and travel in Odisha. It is celebrated in both domestic and community levels – while the festival brings people to their natives for customary greetings and meals in the urban places, the season in the rural counterparts runs through the entire month and is marked by prayers, community dances, and feasts.