Raja festival begins in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: The three-day long Raja festival began across the State with fervour and gaiety on Friday.
Raja festival is associated with farmers and is celebrated during the onset of monsoon marking the start of the rainy season.
Also known as ‘Mithuna Sankranti’, Raja falls on the first day of the month of ‘Asadha’ (June-July). No agricultural activities are carried out on these days. As per the tradition, it is believed that Mother Earth goes through the menstrual cycle.
Women take a break from household work during the festival and enjoy indoor games.
Young girls and women across all classes in rural, as well as urban areas of Odisha, celebrate Raja with great fanfare.
The festival holds special significance for girls and newly-married women. Besides putting on new attires, they enjoy the swings.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted people of Odisha on the occasion of Raja.