BALANGIR: Nuakhai was also celebrated across Balangir district and in villages like Sinakhaman under Saintala block and Sargadpali under Sadar block, communities came together to organise feasts. In Sinakhaman village, 450 people of Kulta, Bariha and Dhoba castes ate together at a community feast organised to celebrate Nuakhai.
A villager, Seshadev Mahakur, said the community feast on Nuakhai is being organised for the last three years. The feast begins after the village ‘gountia’ offers prayers in the local temple. In Sargadpali village, 580 people came together to feast after Nabanna was offered to Ghansian Devi, the presiding deity.