Raja is a unique and important festival of Odisha. It is celebrated for 3 days continuously, as Pahili raja, Raja Sankranti and Bhuin daana.
It is believed that Mother Earth gets Her menstrual cycle once in a year, during these three days and it has to be celebrated by ladies.
Girls wear new clothes. Swings(dolies) are put in all most all houses.
During these three days girls are not supposed to cook or cut any thing. Girls play cards and play on dolis. The male persons do most of the house works.
Special pithas are cooked on this occasion. The poda-peetha is the most special food that is baked for these three days.
Slowly people are loosing interest in such kind of festivals, which is our beloved and long cherished traditions. We should try to keep it alive and celebrate it with love and happiness.