: Tribal Areas of Orissa
Celebrated By :
Ho, Oraon, Kisan & Kol
: Mother Goddess
: January - February
The most popular and colourful festival of Konark, an occasion for a grand congregating of Indian pilgrims and enthusiasts from abroad, falls on the 7th day of the bright half of 'Magha'. The Indian pilgrims talk only dips in the Chandrabhaga Tirtha near the sea and welcome the rising Sun with prayers.
The festival is observed in different villages on different dates of the month. The ritual comprises of a sacrifice of a black fowl before the deity and offering of 'Mahua' liquor.
During the festival, all of them wear new clothes. Drinking singing and dancing together are the common traits of celebrating the festival. The tribes observe "Damurai Parab" in the summer and "Horo
Parab" during the rains.
Also a grand fair is held at Khandagiri near Bhubaneswar on the same day which continues for about a week.