Nuakhai Juhar

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Recently, the Prime Minister of India greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai Juhar.

About Nuakhai Juhar:

  • It is an important social festival of Western Odisha and adjoining areas of Simdega in Jharkhand.
  • The word nua means new and khai means food.
  • Objective: It is an agricultural festival which is observed to welcome the new rice of the season.
  • It is observed on the fifth day of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhaadra (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
  • What are the rituals ?
    • Nuakhai is understood to have nine colours and as a consequence nine sets of rituals are followed as a prelude to the actual day of celebration.
    • People offer the newly harvested crop called Nabanha to their respective presiding deities.
    • After offering the Nabanha, people relish different types of delicacies prepared from the newly harvested crop.
    • The Nuakhai Juhar is a major ritual of the festival. 


Q1) What is Bhadrapada?

Bhadrapada is a month in the Hindu lunar calendar, which is used for both religious and civil purposes in India and some other Hindu-majority countries. It typically falls in August or September of the Gregorian calendar, depending on the specific year because the Hindu calendar is lunar-based.

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