Odia Society of UAE celebrated Nuakhai with religious fervour. President of the Odia Society of UAE Dr Chandra Sekhar Khuntia greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai. He wished people peace, prosperity and good health on the occasion.
Baharin Odia Samaj celebrated the Nuakhai festival with pomp and fervour. Odia Samaj founder chairman Dr Arrun Kumar Praharaj, Sunita Praharaj and Subrata Barpanda were, among others, present on the occasion.
Many cultural programs and sporting activities are being held to mark the occasion.
Odisha diaspora residing in Dubai also celebrated the agrarian festival.
Nuakhai is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Odisha and Southern Chhattisgarh. It is observed to welcome the new rice of the season.
It is observed on panchami tithi (the fifth day) of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadraba (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
As per the customary practice, people offer the new grains of crops to the deities before their own consumption. It is also a festival of social cohesion as all the members of the family come together to celebrate Nuakhai.
However, the festival has turned into a sombre affair for the second successive year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.