Every state of India has their own festivals according to their culture. Whether it be welcoming the new harvest or to seek for blessing from the god of rain. We celebrate it with the friends and family and worship together. Being a religiously secular country we worship everything. It might seem like we are really spiritual people but in general it's just like Thanksgiving in America. On Thanksgiving they celebrate the people and things they are thankful for and in our tradition, we convey our gratitude to nature and the supreme powers who have always looked upon us with their graceful blessing.
We celebrate these days by preparing traditional food like different kinds of Pithas (rice cakes) and veggie meals to symbolise the food she gave us in nature. Usually the food is exchanged in the neighborhood with each other. In rural places the people of villages sit together under the trees to have meals. There are also special programs like folk music narrating the old stories and dance are organised by the elders for the kids. The boys and men play games like wrestling for entertainment purposes. Large scale fairs are organised where merchants bring in a lot of goods from different places. These are the few of the many things that happened.
In general words we can say these days are filled with pampering the girls of the houses with love and support. Swinging and playing games with friends and eating delicious food is what constitutes the days. Together we celebrate the women and their womanhood. If we see this from a different perspective it seems like an empowering event for girls. Menstruations is a topic that is still a taboo in India and not many people like to talk about it. Where it is considered as an impure and makes women feel ashamed about it. Odisha culture has its way to accept it as a something to be proud and happy about. The celebration of it helps us openly embrace the biological process of nature given to the women's experience and take responsibility for the blessing of reproduction and let mankind be alive for ages to come.
- Durgesh Nandini Naik