Raja is a traditional festival of Odisha, celebrated every year in the Odia month of Asadha (2nd week of June). The unique fusion of rich tradition with joy, frolic, and exquisite delicacies among the first monsoon showers is what makes Raja so memorable. Nirguna Handlooms likewise celebrates it each year, scheduled this year on the 14th and 15th of June. On the 14th of June, at 12 noon, a well-known Odissi figure will be invited to the introductory session. She will speak about aspects that make this occasion joyful, accompanied by a few Nirguna customers as guest speakers. The three days of the celebration will be described, as well as the tales associated with them, how the women of this state dress up, and the scrumptious traditional dishes.
Taboos and socio-cultural constraints continue to obfuscate adolescent girls about menstruation and menstrual practises, resulting in remaining unaware of scientific facts and hygienic health practises, which can lead to negative health effects. Hence, our evening panelist Dr. Deepagiri will join us at 3 p.m. She is a nutritionist and health coach who will educate us on menstruation hygiene and care. At 3:45 p.m., the videos of the five finalists in the 'Drape to Impress' competition will be screened. The history of the drape of the saree dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which flourished in north-western India between 2800 and 1800 BC. A single long cloth was worn around the waists, which was drawn through their legs to form a pant-like shape. This helped in dancing and moving more freely as a result. On the following day, at 11 a.m., a design competition will take place, with the winners selected by public vote. A talent show will be held during the evening of the same day.
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