Here, let us find out more about this festival under the following sub-heads:
So, let us take one sub-topic at a time, and know about each in brief.
The restrictions that the woman folk must follow include right from not doing any work inside the kitchen, cleaning and mopping floors, walking without shoes, and combing hair. However, you will find that in many urban settings, not all of these restrictions are followed and people have become liberal in many impositions.
Significance of the Raja Festival
In our country, menstruation is still taboo and is the least talked about. As such, this festival is a unique occasion and celebrates Bhudevi, wife of Lord Jagannath.
Once the Earth undergoes a menstrual cycle for three days, on the fourth, she gets a ceremonial bath. The first day of the Rajjo Festival is known as Pahili Raja. The second day of the festivity is called Raja Sankranti. The third day is known in the local dialect of Bhuin Dahana. The last day which marks the day of the ceremonial bath is known as Basumata Puja, also popularly called Basumata Gadhua.
How is it celebrated?
Aside from its traditional and cultural significance, the festival is a symbol of solidarity and unity within the community. It is a time to celebrate, share, and enjoy the occasion.
The traditional dress code is followed during the Rajjo festival in Odisha. While men are expected to wear Gamchas and dhotis, which are traditional attire worn on the waist. Women adorn themselves in colorful sarees, vibrant colors, wear jewelry, and put flowers in their hair. Interestingly, the attire worn by women is significant as it symbolizes fertility and womanhood.
Any festival is not complete without music and dance. You will get to see traditional forms of music that include Dalkhai, Pala, and Ghoda Nacha. While you will catch a glimpse of women dancing, men play traditional instruments like mridanga and dhol.