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Sital Sasthi

June 18

The Hindu festival of Sital Sasthi celebrates the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is observed on the ‘sasthi’ (6th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Jyestha’month of the traditional Hindu calendar. This date corresponds to the months of May-June in the Gregorian calendar. Sital Sasthi is one-of-its-kind festival that is celebrated in a carnival form. Artists and individuals from different forms of life come together and participate in the celebrations, and bring out the most beautiful and true colors of life. Sital Sasthi is celebrated with immense fervour and gaiety all over India, especially in the Sambalpur district of Orissa. The Sambalpur carnival on Sital Sasthi is a popular event that attracts thousands of tourists from all over India and abroad.

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