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Western Odisha districts are celebrating the agrarian festival ‘Nuakhai’. It an important social festival of Western Odisha and adjoining areas of Simdega in Jharkhand. It is an agricultural festival which is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. The word nua means new and khai means food. It is observed on the fifth day of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhaadra (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Nuakhai is understood to have nine colours and as a consequence nine sets of rituals are followed as a prelude to the actual day of celebration. People offer the newly harvested crop called Nabanha to their respective presiding deities. After offering the Nabanha, people relish different types of delicacies prepared from the newly harvested crop. The Nuakhai Juhar is a major ritual of the festival. It is an exchange of greetings with friend relative and well-wishers. Bihu is a set of three important non-religious festivals in the Indian state of Assam—Rongali or Bohag Bihu observed in April, Kongali or Kati Bihu observed in October, and Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January. The Rongali Bihu is the most important of the three, celebrating spring festival. Onam is an annual Harvest festival in the state of Kerala in India. It is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali.

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