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Festivals & Events News Updates

Republic Day Celebration
Republic Day 2022: Take A Look At The Celebrations Across Odisha

73rd Republic Day has been widely celebrated in Odisha with enthusiasm and fervour of patriotism amid tight security and Covid-19 guidelines

India Celebrates 73rd Republic Day
India Celebrates 73rd Republic Day: Greetings, Messages Pour In From All Quarters

President Ram Nath Kovind urged the people of the country to keep up with constant endeavours to take the nation forward in the path of development

73rd Republic Day In Odisha
73rd Republic Day In Odisha: Governor Ganeshi Lal Unfurls Tricolour From Mahatma Gandhi Marg

Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the Tricolour and took salute of the State-level Republic Day parade celebrations at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar

Six Eminent Personalities From Odisha To Receive Padma Awards
Six Eminent Personalities From Odisha To Receive Padma Awards

Guru Prasad Mohapatra (Civil Service) from Odisha will also receive Padma Shri (Posthumously). He has been nominated from Delhi.

Padma Awards 2022
Padma Awards 2022: Kalyan Singh, Gen Rawat Given Padma Vibhushan; Azad, Buddhadeb Awarded Padma Bhushan

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Hindutva poster boy late Kalyan Singh and India's first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat who died in a helicopter crash recently were awarded Padma Vibhushan on Tuesday

RD Priyadarshi In Republic Day Parade
Odisha Girl To Represent CRPF Tableau At Republic Day Parade

Female Sepoy RD Priyadarshi from Bhubaneswar will be representing the tableau of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at this year's Republic Day Parade on the Raj Path in New Delhi.

Jallikattu Held In Tamil Nadu As Part Of Pongal Celebrations

Tamil Nadu's traditional bull taming sport Jallikattu is being held in Avaniapuram, Madurai district, on Friday on the occasion of Pongal. Over 500 bulls and 300 bull tamers are registered for the game that began in the morning.

Faith Prevails Over Fear As Magh Mela Begins
Faith Prevails Over Fear As Magh Mela Begins

Officials expect around five lakh pilgrims to take the holy dip on Friday.

This Is Why The Sun God Is Worshipped On Makara Shankranti
This Is Why The Sun God Is Worshipped On Makar Sankranti

The festival is also celebrated in a grand way at the Jagannath Tempel in Puri, at Hatakeshwar temple at Atri in Khordha district, Dhabaleswar Temple in Cuttack and Makara Muni temple in Balasore.  

BMC Guidelines For Makar Sankranti & Pongal Celebrations
BMC Releases Guidelines For Makar Sankranti & Pongal Celebrations In Odisha Capital

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) had earlier released a set of restrictions that will be promulgated across Odisha to check congregations during Makar Sankranti and Pongal

Animal Sacrifice, Sulia Yatra
Sulia Yatra Of Bolangir To Be Held On Jan 11 With Traditional Animal Sacrifice Ritual

The Yatra organising committee which met at Khairguda on Wednesday finalised the date of the festival and prepared a schedule of the event. The members of the committee have decided to perform animal sacrifices during the festival this time too.

Christmas 2021: How India Celebrated
Merry Christmas: How India Celebrated X-Mas Amid Pandemic

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Christian community across the country celebrated Christmas with traditional fervour, pomp and enthusiasm. The festive spirit started with the midnight mass which was held in churches across states with senior bishops and priests delivering the Christmas message.

Christmas & New Year celebration curbs
Omicron Threat: Know The Restrictions In Bhubaneswar For Christmas & New Year Celebrations

Omicron Threat: Know The Restrictions In Bhubaneswar For Christmas & New Year Celebrations.

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Christmas Celebrations In Odisha: Security Tightened In Kandhamal District
Christmas Celebrations In Odisha: Security Tightened In Kandhamal District

Official sources said churches across Odisha have already organised carols as per Covid-19 protocols which marks the pre-Christmas celebrations. The organisers are not leaving any stone unturned to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Bagha Nacha or Tiger Dance in Odisha
Bagha Nacha: Tigers Roar In Bhubaneswar

For hundreds of years, Odisha’s folk arts or folkdance have helped flourish the rich culture and heritage of the state. Traditional folk art is the identity, a gateway to the state, and has always been considered an inspiration for the future generations. Unfortunately, slowly and gradually, that identity had been fading away over the years. ‘Pratyabartan’ is a unique initiative aimed at restoring the glorious ancient traditions. A brainchild of Debadasi Dance Acedemy, the event in the last 10 years has given an opportunity to numerous folk artistes to resurrect and enliven the dying folk arts.

Christmas Sale Begins!
Christmas 2021: Markets Decked Up, Traders In Hope Of Decent Sales This Year

With the Christmas festivities round the corner, markets at several places appear all decked up. These visuals from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh show how markets have started to witness increasing footfall ahead of the festivity.

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Konark Festival 2021
Konark Festival: Where Graceful Dancers Come Together To Dazzle All

Indian classical dance extravaganza, ‘Konark Festival’- 2021, kicked off at Konark on Wednesday following inauguration by CM Naveen Patnaik. The five-day programme is being organised by the state tourism department in association with Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi and OTDC. A few distance away, the pristine Chandrabhaga Beach in Konark also witnesses renowned sand artists from across the globe sculpting unique creations on the beach during these five days.

Srimandir Parikrama Project Shilanyas Ceremony Held In Puri
Srimandir Parikrama Project Shilanyas Ceremony Held In Puri; Historic & Sacred Day, Says CM Naveen

Prior to laying the foundation stone, Gajapati Maharaj performed special rituals which marked the conclusion of the ongoing three-day yajna at the north corner of the temple.

Vedic Rituals Set Stage For Puri Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Project Work Launch
Vedic Rituals Set Ground For Launch Of Puri Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Project Work

A slew of Vedic rituals on Monday set the stage for the commencement of the project work of the much-awaited Heritage Corridor (Srimandir Parikrama) project of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri.

President Kovind Confers Gallantry Awards For 2020
President Kovind Confers Gallantry Awards For 2020

Of the two, one Kirti Chakra, and of the 10, two Shaurya Chakras were awarded posthumously. Apart from the Kirti Chakras, Vir Chakra and the Shaurya Chakras, the President also awarded 13 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, it said.

Odisha Celebrates Chadakhai After Kartik Purnima, Too Bad It’s A Saturday

While the non-vegetarian community in Odisha waited patiently for the holy Kartik Month to get over so that they can again go back to savouring their favourite non-vegetarian food, the falling of Chadakhai on a Saturday (Today) has somewhat dampened the fervour.

Lord Patitapabana's Suna Besha
Devotees Devoid Of Holy Trinity’s Suna Besha On This Kartik Purnima Too

Jagannath devotees were left dejected for the second time in two years after they were refused to witness the beloved Holy Trinity’s Suna Besha on Ratna Sighasana on Kartika Purnima, on Friday.

Giant Boat For Festival
Kartika Purnima: Watch Giant Boat Being Sailed

A huge boat was sailed on the occasion of Kartika Purnima. These visuals are from Odisha’s Balasore district. Devotees sailed this boat as part of Boita Bandana ritual.

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Kartika Purnima 2021
Odisha Celebrates Kartika Purnima Despite Covid Restrictions

On Kartika Purnima, a usually large number of people across the state congregate at river ghats or near other water bodies to take bath in the wee hours and sail miniature boats with lamps and crackers as the festival is known as ‘Boita Bandana’.

Gaja Bhoga
Famous Gaja Bhoga Offered At Dhabaleswar Temple

The ‘Bhoga’ was offered to the lord on the occasion of ‘Bada Osha’ following the completion of a series of rituals amid strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines