Bhawanipatna, August 31 (LocalWire): Celebrations began early at three far-flung villages in Kesinga block of Kalahandi district with the locals attired in colourful costumes observing the agrarian festival, Nuakhai, with pomp and gaiety on Saturday.
Festive fervor gripped Patharla, Bahadurpadar and Palakapada villages with natives offering the first grain of the harvest to the presiding deity.
These villages differ from the rest of the villages in the state that will be observing the agrarian festival on 3 September.
According to locals, these villages have been observing the annual festival three days before the celebrations in western Odisha since time immemorial.
People of the region worship their presiding deity on the day as a mark of obeisance seeking good crop during harvest.
Nuakahi ‘Bhetghat’ also provides people the opportunity for mass social interaction.
Customarily, the younger people bow before the elders and touch their feet as a mark of respect.