- Nuakhai Juhar is an annual harvest festival celebrated in western Odisha and southern Chhattisgarh.
- The festival is to observe the welcome of the new season of rice.
- It is observed on the fifth day of the lunar fortnight of the month of August-September, the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Interesting Facts about Nuakhai Juhar
- In Nuakhai, Nua means new and Khai means food.
- The festival of Nuakhai is celebrated by the farmers of Odisha after the harvesting of grain.
- On this festival, Odia people, even those living in far off lands return to their native places to be the part of the celebration.
- The festival is celebrated by offering prayers to God, following which a feast is thrown and food prepared using newly harvested crops is consumed.
- A similar festival is that of Nabanna which is celebrated in Coastal Odisha.
- Odisha has a vibrant culture of festivals and the Nuakhai festival is just one of the 13 festivals celebrated in Odisha.
- This is popularly called as in the local Odia language as the ‘Bara Massa re Teraa Parva’.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings on Nuakhai Juhar and called it an occasion to express “gratitude to our hardworking farmers” for their “exemplary work in feeding our nation”.