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Odias all across the globe celebrate the ‘Odia New Year’

Bhubaneswar: Today is the auspicious day on which Odias all across the globe celebrate the ‘Odia New Year’ or on the day of Odia ‘Pana Sankranti’. Like every year, Pana Sankranti is celebrated on April 14.

People were seen to throng in bee line outside all the temples of the state. Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik has also tweeted wishing the people of the state on the occasion of Maha Visubha Sankranti or Odia New year.

However, it may be noted here that the very day is actually named after ‘Pana’ which is a drink prepared on this occasion. The Odia New Year is believed to start on this day. Pana Sankranti is also otherwise known as ‘Maha Visubha Sankranti’. As per sources, the very reason for which the Pana Sankranti is considered as the first day of the solar year or the New Year is due to the factor that the sun fully rests on the equator on this day and the length of the days and night also remains equal on this day. After the Sankranti, the sun moves towards the northern direction to our side as our country lies at the northern side of the equator. It is from this day, the movement of the earth starts.

‘Pana’ which is considered as the integral part of the festival, prepared by mixing different types of fruits, water, milk, pulp of bela (stone apple), curd and sugar. Besides, ‘Amba Pana’ that includes mango pulp, is offered to Lord Jagannath to convey New Year wishes while many offer the beverage to Lord Shiva by adding little ‘bhaang’.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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