NuaKhai Juhar

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NUAKHAIR TIHAR ANICHHE
NUA SAPAN NUA ASHA…
HASI KHELI KARI BTU E BACHHAR,
MAA SAMLEI VARSA…
NUAKHAI JUHAR

Literally “NUAKHAI” means partaking of the first grains of paddy after harvesting the Kharif crop. NUAKHAI or NABANNA is a social annual event to celebrate and acknowledge the benevolence of Mother Earth in Western Odisha/Orissa. This is held on a predetermined auspicious day in the month of Bhadrav corresponding to August- September of the English Calendar. The significance of this festival lies more in its socio-cultural content rather than its religious or ritualistic aspect.

NUA DHAN K NUA MAN
BANE BANE THAUN APAN
NUAKHAIR BADKHA TIHAR
SABKU MOR NUAKHAI JUHAR

The significance of this festival lies more in its socio-cultural content rather than its religious orritualistic aspect. NUAKHAI is nearly akin to the Onam Festival of Kerala or the Bhogali Bihu of Assam. Related to the agrarian life and activities of the people of more than ten districts of Western Odisha/Orissa, NUAKHAI is a prayer for plenty and prosperity, a way of thanksgiving to Mother Earth and the ever benign and bountiful nature. Though it is difficult to trace the origin of this festival, as our collective memory says, in the olden days, this festival was being observed at the behest of the feudal lords in the princely states of Odisha/Orissa like Sambalpur, Bolangir, Gangpur, Bonai, Bamanda, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Boudh, Attmallik and other smaller tributaries and zamindaries. In each of these states, the ruling houses had their presiding deities. Samaleswari in Sambalpur, Pataneswari in Bolangir, Manikswari in Kalahandi. NUAKHAI in each of these states was being observed according to the “State Almanac”. There was no common day for this culturally contiguous vast area in Western Odisha/Orissa. But for over a decade now, to bring about uniformity, by common consensus of the people, a predetermined day has been identified for NUAKHAI and that is the day after Sri Ganesh Chaturthi, the fifth lunar day during the bright fortnight of Bhadrav. This unanimity of a common day has helped people away from home to visit their native places. A single day has been declared as holiday by the State Government of Odisha/Orissa in the entire state of facilitate grand celebrations.

NUAKHAI PARAB SABHIR PARAB
NUA KHAILE HESI NUA
NUA CHINTA, NUA ASHA
MAA PENDRANI DESI ASIRWAD
SABKE NUKHAI JUHAR.

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NuaKhai. 

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KOTI KOTI NUAKHAI JUHAR
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