Odisha’s three-day unique festival, Raja Parba has begun on June 14. The festival celebrates the onset of monsoon and the Earth’s womanhood. As a mark of respect towards the Earth during her mensuration days, all agricultural works like ploughing, sowing etc., are suspended for three days. The festival is tainted by the on-going coronavirus pandemic as the Odisha government has banned any kind of congregation between June 13 and 16.
The famous Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath has begun in Puri on June 5. It is a ceremonial grand shower festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. In this festival, the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are brought out from Jagannath Temple for a procession to Snana Mandap inside the temple premises. This year, the celebration was without public gathering due to the COVID-19.
The Buddha Purnima is an important Buddhist festival celebrated in April of May. It marks the birth of Gautama Buddha. The Buddha Purnima is a part of the Vesak festival that marks the enlightenment and death of Buddha. The Vesak- Buddha Purnima is considered as the ‘Triple Blessed Day’. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, the festival was celebrated through virtual events such as the virtual prayer event organized by the International Buddhist Confederation.