Tag: Festival

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Odisha’s Manabasa Gurubar festival is all about breaking caste barriers

In this context, Manabasa Gurubar deserves special mention. With some of the special rituals attached to the festival, this festivity adds bright colours to the landscape of Odisha’s cultural heritage. 

  • Thursday, 10 November 2022
Odisha all set to usher in Goddess Durga

Bhubaneswar: With the Sasthi puja (6th day) today, preparations are in full swing at various pandals across the State to usher in Goddess Durga. Many rituals including Bilwabarana are underway amid the music of conchs and chanting of shlokas. On Saptami (7th day) tomorrow, special rituals along with ‘Chakhyu Dana’ of the Goddess will be […]

  • Friday, 30 July 2021
'Bali Jatra' to be held for 11 days this year

Cuttack: The historic ‘Bali Jatra’ festival in Cuttack will be held for a duration of 11 days this year instead of 7 days.The annual festival will be organised on the banks of river Mahanadi at Gadagadia ghat in the evening hours. While district administration has begun preparations for the festival, several programmes have been scheduled […]

  • Thursday, 29 July 2021
Op-Ed: Rajo vs. Raja: The Debate Storms Social Media

Raja the premier festival of Odisha, celebrating menstruation is still around a month to come this year, but the social media is abuzz with a campaign that sets to denounce the word Rajo itself. The campaign which has started just few days back has been a huge hit in social media as more and more […]

  • Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Odisha Literary Festival back with a bang for 6th edition

Bhubaneswar: For all those literature enthusiasts keen on savouring a good serving of debates and discussion on writings in political, Odia,  Indian food, changing face of Indian cinema, mythology and romance, the Odisha Literary Festival 2017 could be the place to be this Saturday and Sunday. The two-day annual event by The New Indian Express […]

  • Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Odisha dips in Holi fervour

Bhubaneswar: Holi was celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout Odisha today, with special programmes organised to mark harmony and brotherhood that go hand-in-hand with the theme of the festival of colours. Also known as “Dola Purnima” and “Basant Utsav”, Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated across the country and globe. The festival was observed […]

  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Nuakhai festival celebrated in Odisha; ‘Nabanna’ offered to Maa Samaleswari

Bhubaneswar: Festivities gripped Western parts of the State today as the people celebrated Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha with much pomp and grandeur. As per the ‘Lagna’, the season’s first crop ‘Nabanna’ was offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, between 8:10 am and 8:40 am today. “The rituals started at […]

  • Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Modi greets Muslims on Ramadan

New Delhi: Prime minister Narendra Modi today greeted the Muslim community on the start of the holy month of Ramadan. “My greetings to the Muslim community as the holy month of Ramadan begins. May this Ramadan brings peace and happiness in everyone’s lives,” Modi said on his Twitter account. “May this holy month also enhance […]

  • Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Odisha villagers say no to crackers for a noble cause

Paradip: While most of us were busy bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets to celebrate Diwali, some villagers on the outskirts of Paradip chose to bring smile on the face of a cancer survivor Sangram Sethi and his family members. In a bid to boost morale and extend financial support to Sethi’s family members, residents of […]

  • Saturday, 24 April 2021
Rasagola Mahotsav 2020- Odisha Celebrates Its Iconic Sweet  

Cuttack: For sweet lovers, nothing could be more exciting than a seemingly unending platter of delectable Rasagolas and other sweetmeats at one place. Rasagola Mahotsav 2020, organised by Odisha Television Network (OTV) at Bali Jatra Upper Ground in Cuttack, was a treat that for Rasagola enthusiasts. The unique initiative to promote Odisha’s iconic sweet, rasagola […]

  • Tuesday, 20 April 2021