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Young girls play swing at their homes in Bhubaneswar.
Colours Of Raja In The Shadow Of Pandemic

It is this time of the year when unmarried girls don new clothes, makeup, mehendi and take to swings while merrymaking with friends. Raja Parba is a three-day festival to celebrate womanhood. Raja is a mass festival but due to the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, people in the State this year have preferred to celebrate at their homes with their dear and near ones. Let's take a tour across Odisha to find out how people are celebrating the festival while keeping with the pandemic protocol.

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In PICS: Colours of Raja In The Shadow Of Pandemic

It is believed, that both go through menstrual periods during the time and so festivities are marked to celebrate the occasion.

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Raja Parba Begins On Low-Key Note Amid Covid Pandemic

Raja Parba- one of the auspicious occasions marking womanhood is celebrated across the State with much pomp and gaiety every year. But this year, the celebration has become a quiet affair sans congregation of unmarried girls at swings amid coronavirus pandemic.

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On Raja Parba, Keonjhar SP's Surprise Brings Smiles To Police Families

Keonjhar: A study carried out by Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD) reveals that around 90 per cent of police personnel are overworked with work time exceeding eight hours while 73 per cent hardly get a week off and are even called for emergency services, be it holidays or festivals. The whole country enjoys […]

Odisha’s own Raja Parba that celebrates womanhood, kicks off with Pahili Raja

Bhubaneswar: The three-day Raja Parba, Odisha’s traditional festival celebrating womanhood, kicked off with much fanfare and enthusiasm across the State on occasion of the Pahili Raja today. Also termed as the festival of harvest, the celebration of Raja, is necessarily meant to give rest to woman and mother earth as a mark of adulation for […]

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A Puri village celebrates Raja ‘Kandhei Bahaghara’ way

Puri: When the entire State is celebrating Raja festival, which marks menstruation of Mother Earth, with mouth-watering Pithas, swings and special paans, residents of Kundeswar village in Puri district have their own unique tradition to mark the three-day extravaganza. As per their tradition, young girls and women of Kundeswar village performed Kandhei Bahaghara (doll marriage) […]

Is Raja just a symbolic festival

Twitter trends are among new ways of gauging popularity. #RajaParba has been one such twitter hashtag that has trended last year and this. Having settled for the spelling ‘Raja’ and pronunciation as ‘raw-jaw’, it has been letting the world (euphemism included) know about this unique festival in Odisha that celebrates womanhood. Even few articles about […]

Raja Parba kicks off with fanfare

Bhubaneswar: The three-day Raja festival in Odisha kicked off today with much fanfare. The major Odia festival celebrates womanhood. Girls and young women shun cooking and participate in merriment wearing new clothes and climb swings or play dice and card games. In rural areas, men too take part in the festivities with much fervour and […]