Nuakhai Parab and it’s big significance

nuakhai-1Nuakhai a festival of western Odisha known as Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat. The word ‘nua’ means new and ‘khai’ means food. It has a big significance for farmers and the agricultural community. Cutting the first crop and reverently offering it to the mother Goddess. The festival is seen as a new ray of hope, held the next day the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It is also observed through out Odisha, but it is particularly important in the life and culture of Western Odisha. It’s ancient origin says according to local researchers Nuakhai is of fairly ancient origin. Some researchers found the fundamental idea of the celebration can be traced back at least to Vedic times.


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