Maha Vishuba Sankranti, also known as Mesha Sankranthi and Pana Sankranti, is observed as the Oriya New Year. The day marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Oriya Solar Calendar. The summer season also commences from this period. In 2016, the date of Maha Vishuba Sankranti is April 13.
Maha Vishuba Sankranti is noted for subdued celebrations. The highlight of the day is the preparation of sweet drink called ‘Pana,’ which is made from fruits, milk, curd etc. Cultural programs are organized in some regions including literary meetings.
People visit various temples and offer prayers and special pujas. Maha Vishuba Sankranti also marks the end of temple festivals in some regions of Orissa.