Nuakhai was celebrated in western Odisha
The festival of Harvest Nuakhai was celebrated in western Odisha, on 14th September.
After harvest of new paddy of this season, rice has been processed and offered to Goddess Samaleswari in Sambalpur Friday morning.
After this offering people of Western Odisha have arranged get together of family and friends Nuakhai Vetghat as a festival.
People of western Odisha have also arranged Nuakhai Vetghat programs in Capital city Bhubaneswar.
Nuakhai or Nuankhai is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Odisha & in some Chhattisgarh region in India.
Nuakhai is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. According to the calendar it is observed on panchami tithi (the fifth day) of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhadraba (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
This is the most important social festival of Western Odisha and adjoing areas of Simdega in Jharkhand.
The word nua means new and khai means food, so the name means the farmers are in possession of the newly harvested rice.
Nuakhai is the agricultural festival of people of Western odisha. The festival is observed throughout Odisha, but it is particularly important in the life and culture of Western Odisha.
It is a festival for the worship of food grain. It has its best celebration in the Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Balangir, Bargarh, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Boudh and Nuapada districts of KOSHAL PRADESH Odisha.