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Nuakhai Juhar :The most ancient festival of western odisha

Nuakhai Juhar :The most ancient festival of western odisha

Nuakhai is a very ancient festival, Annually celebrated this day after Ganesh Chaturthi. ‘Nuakhai’ is a combination of two words ‘Nua’ means ‘new’ and ‘Khai’ means 'food' so the celebrating this day is the purpose of welcome to the new season’s rice. It is specially celebrated in western Odisha with much joy and happiness. People worship food grain on this propitious day and wear new clothes and came back to their native place and eat delicious foods prepared the newly harvested crops.
We dedicate this festival to Goddess Samaleswari, Farmers offer the first produce from their land to Goddess Samaleswari. Nuakhai is understood to have nine colours and as a result, we follow nine sets of rituals as a prelude to the actual day of celebration. These nine colours include Behren (announcement of a meeting to set the date), Laagna Dekha (setting the exact date for partaking of new rice), Daka haka (invitation), Sapha sutura and lipa puchha (cleanliness), Ghina bika (purchasing),
Nua Dhan khuja (looking for the new crop),Bali paka (final resolve for Nuakhai by taking the offering to the deity), Nuakhai (eating the new crop as Prasad after offering it to the deity, followed by dancing and singing), Juhar bhet (respect to elders & gift transfers).
The Nua Khai Juhar is the exchange greetings with friends and well-wishers.

 

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