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Orissa is a land of many festivals. Given here is information on the major festivals of Orissa, India.
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Orissa Festivals

Orissa FestivalOrissa 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
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
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
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 Dance Festival
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
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. More

Puri Beach Festival
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

Rajarani Music Festival
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. More

Rath Yatra
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'. More

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