Bhubaneswar: Kartika Purnima, the full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartika, is being celebrated across Odisha today.
Just at daybreak, men, women and children set afloat toy boats with lamps, betel leaves, crackers fruits and coins in nearest water bodies.
Notably, Boita Bondana or Boat Festival is celebrated on Kartika Purnima to commemorate the maritime glory of the people of Odisha, which was known as Kalinga in ancient times.
Some also believe the tradition is meant to offer prayers to the ancestors.
Today marks the end of a month-long abstinence from non-vegetarian food for most Odia families. Bali Jatra along the banks of Mahandi river in Cuttack also begun from Kartika Purnima.
Meanwhile, Gurudwaras gear up for celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism.