Caitra Parb

Caitra Parb

March-April; eight days before the full moon of Hindu month of Caitra
A Hindu festival held in Orissa, India, Caitra Parb begins eight days before the purnima (full moon). Throughout the celebration people fast, dance, and hunt. Heads of the families pay homage to their forefathers in the presence of the village priest, or Jani, and family members put on festive new costumes. Animal sacrifice plays a prominent part in the celebration, which also signals the beginning of the mango season.
CONTACTS:
Department of Tourism, Government of Orissa
Paryatan Bhawan, Museum Campus
Bhubaneswar, Orissa 751 014 India
91-674-432177; fax: 91-674-430887
www.orissatourism.gov.in
SOURCES:
RelHolCal-2004, p. 185