Indeed, even today, in numerous Indian families, ladies are exposed to unacceptable conduct during their period. We are who can converse with women, engage in sexual relations, bear kids, sell sanitary napkins, however, can’t talk about periods out in open.
At the point when whole country goes secretive about the ‘period talk’, this one state gladly commends it as a celebration. Odisha every year observes, Raja Parba, a four-day long celebration commending womanhood, fertility, particularly monthly cycle. ‘Raja’ originates from Rajaswala, which means a woman on her periods.
The festival starts at the beginning of solar month, when the monsoon begins, welcoming the agrarian year. As indicated by folklore, it is accepted that spouse of Lord Jagannath, Bhudevi (Mother Earth) experiences monthly cycle.
As indicated by traditions, for the initial three days, all ladies are given rest and men avoid all type of agrarian work. During these three days, individuals stop from furrowing, plucking flowers, scratching earth, and so on. Anything that would damage Mother Earth hurt during her periods.
Women and girls take rest from all family unit work.
They enjoy on tree swings, playing indoor games, and decorate themselves with new sarees, adornments, and aalta. Mother earth also is given rest, as it is accepted she is experiencing her periods. On the fourth day, women clean the grinding stone with turmeric and revere it with flowers and vermilion (sindoor), while men wash the land during ritualistic shower, the Vasumati Gadhua-denoting the finish of mother earth’s gestational period.
This celebration comes as a much needed refresher cleaning ceaselessly the taboo attached with periods and thus, attempting to practice gender equality.