This year is on 13 November 2008
The whole month of 'Kartika' is considered to be the most sacred for the pious Hindus. All of them take pre-dawn bath and visit temples. The last five days are considered more sacred, called 'Panchaka', the last day being the "Kartika Purnima". Every day they take food only once in the afternoon which is known as 'Habisha'.They don't eat fish, meat, egg or any non-veg foods.
The festival "Boita Bandana" which is significant to the ancient history of Orissa for glory of the State. In olden days the 'Sadhabas' (Sea traders) used to sail off to distant islands like Java,
for their trade by huge boats ('Boita'). Now, people float tiny boats made out of cork and coloured paper.
In the city of
a big fair known as "Bali Yatra" is held for about 5 days at "Kartikeswar" Shiva temple. Exactly at this place . The name of the festival because some believe that 'Sri Chaitanya' the great Vaishnavite saint of Bengal on his way to Puri landed on this day at Cuttack after crossing the sand-bed (Sand is 'Bali') of the river Mahanadi.