News: The Prime Minister has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai Juhar.
- Nuakhai Juhar: It is the agricultural festival celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and areas of neighbouring states to welcome the new crop of the season.It is also called Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat.
- What does Nuakhai mean? Nuakhai is a combination of two words that signifies eating of new rice as ‘nua’ means new and ‘khai’ means eat.
- Features: During the festival, people worship food grain and prepare special meals. Farmers offer the first produce from their lands to Goddess Samaleswari, the famous ‘Mother Goddess’ of Sambalpur district of Odisha.