Nuakhai Festival

On the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai, the Prime Minister has greeted the people.


  • In Chhattisgarh, Nuakhai, also known as Nuakhai Parab or Nuakhai Bhetghat, is also known as Navakhai Parv.
  • Nuakhai is an agricultural festival observed primarily by tribal tribes and Hindus in Western Odisha.
  • It is also seen in nearby Simdega in Jharkhand, where the cultural influence of Western Odisha is strong.
  • The advent of the new rice harvest is marked by Nuakhai.
  • The term “nua” means “new,” and “khai” means “food,” representing the farmers’ possession of freshly harvested rice.
  • This event takes place on the panchami tithi (fifth day) of the lunar fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (typically August-September).
  • It takes place the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Historical Foundations

  • Nuakhai has its roots in ancient times, with the Pralambana Yajna, which entails harvesting the first crop and presenting a reverent offering to the mother goddess.
  • The festival’s current shape is related to the reign of the first Chauhan King Ramai Deva of Patnagarh in western Odisha.

Celebration Schedule

  • Nuakhai celebrations consist of nine ceremonies, beginning with Behrana and ending with Juhar Bhet.
  • Beheren: This is the notice of the meeting date.
  • Nuakhai: The highlight of the festival is eating the freshly gathered produce after offering it to the deity, which is accompanied by boisterous dancing and singing.
  • Juhar bhet: It entails requesting blessings from elders and giving presents as a sign of respect and affection.
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