New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted people on the occasion of Nuakhai, which is one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in Odisha.
The Prime Minister also lauded farmers, saying it is due to their efforts that our nation is fed.
“The special occasion of Nuakhai is about celebrating the hard work of our farmers. It is due to their efforts that our nation is fed. May this auspicious day bring prosperity and good health for everyone. Nuakhai Juhar!” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Nuakhai, as the name suggests that ‘nua’ means new and khai means ‘food’. So, the festival of Nuakhai is a festival to celebrate newly harvested food by the farmers.
It is celebrated especially in the western part of Odisha with much pump and jubilation, a day after Ganesh Chaturthi. People staying in distant places come back to their native places, wear new clothes and offer prayers before the God and seek blessings of elders and eat delicious foods prepared from the newly harvested crops.