Vikash Sharma

The much-awaited ‘Patha Utsav’ made a grand comeback with scores of people in Bhubaneswar turning up for the weekly street festival on the occasion of Christmas on Sunday.

The entire stretch from Master Canteen Chhak to Ram Mandir Square was buzzing with activities while others took the opportunity to wish teams ahead of the FIH Hockey World Cup. 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup matches are scheduled to be played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.

A grand welcome has also been planned to accord to the Hockey World Cup trophy in Bhubaneswar today. A lot of people and groups were seen drawing rangoli on the roads as part of the strategy to promote the grand hockey event in Odisha.

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Dressed in traditional Santa Claus costumes and red caps, people thronged the venue after a gap of almost two years following withdrawal of Covid-19 restrictions. Be it dance, painting, cycling, skating or other events, Patha Utsav also provided ample opportunity for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) to create awareness about several issues.

“We have got an open platform after two years; and, we ensured to make full use of the opportunity to dip in celebration, dance and other physical activities during today’s Patha Utsav,” said a visitor.

BMC Mayor Sulochana Das said, “The wait was finally over for Bhubaneswar residents and they are excited to welcome the hockey world cup trophy. The Patha Utsav is a unique platform to showcase their talent.”

(Reported by Niranjan Reddy and Atulya Bout)