Orissa is more often addressed as the land of festivities. And when it's the time for celebration, people sing and dance to the tunes of music. It is the enthusiasm of the people that makes Orissa appear lively and enthusiastic throughout the year. The list of Orissa festivals is a real long one, encompassing several religious festivals, cultural festivals and tribal festivals. Religious fervor and beautiful colors is what characterizes the festivals of Orissa. Every district and every community has something unique to offer, which is reflected in the distinctive kinds of festivals celebrated in this amazing state in India.
Chaitya Parva festival is a famous tribal festival of Orissa. It is
mainly celebrated by the tribal groups of Koya in Koraput and Bhuiyans
in Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj. More
Ekamra Utsav is not a single festival, but a series of festive
occasions. It is a ten day long festivity that usually takes place in
the Bhubaneswar city of Orissa. It is basically dedicated to Lord Shiva
and aims at promoting the cultural heritage of the state. More
Kalinga Mahotsav is one of the most famous festivals of Orissa. It
holds great religious significance for people. The aim of this festival
is to encourage people to follow the path of peace and calm, rather than
fighting amongst themselves. More
Konark Music and Dance Festival is one of the most rocking festivities
of Orissa, celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm. It usually takes
place in the month of December. More
Parab Tribal Festival is an annual festival that is usually organized
in the Koraput district of Orissa. It was initiated in the year 1996 and
the credit for organizing it goes to the district council of Koraput.
One of the most popular festivals of Orissa is the Puri Beach Festival.
Fun lovers look forward to celebrating this festival every year at one
of the holiest cities of India. More
Raja Rani Music Festival is a very well known festivity of Orissa. The
credit for organizing it goes to the Department of Tourism, Orissa; in
collaboration with other organizations like Bhubaneswar Music Circle,
Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy, NALCO and the Union Ministry of Tourism.
Rath Yatra, which is also known as the Chariot Festival, is one of the
most prominent festivals of Orissa, which is celebrated in the holy city
of Puri. 'Rath Yatra' has derived its name from the words 'Rath',
meaning 'Chariot', and 'Yatra', meaning 'Procession'.