Nuakhai Juhar 

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai Juhar. 

  • Nuakhai is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Odisha and adjoining areas of Simdega in Jharkhand. 
  • 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. 
  • The word nua means new and khai means food, so the name means the farmers are in possession of the newly harvested rice. 
  • It is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. 
  • During the festival, the head of the family worships the household deity, offering rice and other food items. He then distributes the prashad among the family members. 
  • Apart from the rituals of offering the new crop to the deity, the ‘Nuakhai Juhar’ is a major ritual of the festival, which is an exchange of greetings with friends, relatives and well-wishers. 
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