Nuakhai not only a festival, it is our identity: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Nuakhai is not only a festival, it is the identity of our art, culture and tradition, said Chief Minister  Naveen as he greeted the people of Odisha on the auspicious occasion today.

“I pray to Maa Samaleswari that may you all have a happy and prosperous life,” said Patnaik in a video message shared on his Twitter handle.

He also appealed to the people to follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour while celebrating the festival.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended his wishes to the people of the state on Nuakhai. He took to Twitter and wrote both in Odia and English to convey his wishes.

“Nuakhai Juhar! Greetings to everyone on this auspicious occasion. On Nuakhai we laud the outstanding efforts of our industrious farmers and their role in nation building. I pray for everyone’s good health and well-being,” he tweeted.

Besides, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, among others, greeted the people of the state on the occasion through a video message.

Nuakhai, the popular agrarian festival, is observed in all western Odisha districts to welcome the new rice of the season. Amidst  the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is being observed in Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Boudh in a low-key manner.

As per the schedule, Nabanna, the newly harvested rice, was offered to Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur district, by 10.25 am.

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