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Every state has its own festivals and rituals. Orissa being a land of ancient and sacred temples, and a state where three religions flourished, is thronged by pilgrims throughout the year. There are a large number of fairs and festivals celebrated in the state. There are festivals relating to each religion, tribal festivals, festivals relating to Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of the Puri Temple, and many seasonal exhibitions and fairs as well as special festivals such as the Konark Festival, the Rajarani Music Festival, the Puri Beach Festival etc..

RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS

Major Religious Festivals:
Mahashiva Ratri, Durga Puja, Ganesha Chaturthi, Lakshmi Puja, Deepavali, Dusserah, Dola Purnima (Holi).

Minor Religious Festivals
Akshyaya Trutiya
, Gahma Purnima, Makara Sankranti, Ashokashtami, Nuakhai, Basanta Panchami, Hingula Yatra, Prathamastami, Baseli Puja, Janmastami, Raja Sankranti, Chaitra Parba, Kartika Purnima, Rama Navami, Khudurukuni Osa, Savitri Brata, Dhanu Yatra, Kumar Purnima, Shamba Dasami, Sital Shashti, Magha Saptami, Visuva Samkranti, Viswakarma Puja.

JAGANNATH TEMPLE FESTIVALS
Major Jagannath Temple Festivals
:
Rath Yatra, Chandan Yatra, Devasnana Purnima.

Minor Jagannath Temple Festivals:
Basanta Panchami, Chitou Amavasya, Nava Kalebara.

SPECIAL FESTIVALS

Major Special Festivals:
Puri Beach FestivalKonark Festival, Kalinga Mahotsav, Raja Rani Music Festival, Shreekstra Utsav, Ekamra Utsav.

Minor Special Festivals:
Dhauli Mahatsova, Folk Dance Festival,  Khandagiri Festival,  Konark Dance & Music Festival, Parab Festival, 

TRIBAL FESTIVALS

Major Tribal Festivals:
Chaita Parva, Karama Festival, Bali Jatra.

Minor Tribal Festivals:
Sume-Gelirak
, Bija Pandu, Kedu Festival, Maghe Parab 

FAIRS & EXHIBITIONS

Major Fairs & Exibitions:
Bali Yatra

Minor Fairs & Exibitions:
Magha Mela, Taratarini Mela, Joranda Mela, Makar Mela

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