Bakula Amavasya, or Vakula Amabasya, is observed during the Posh Amavasi in Orissa and is dedicated to the Mango trees. Bakula Amavasya 2016 date is January 9. Dhanu Sankranti is also observed on the day. Amavas, or Amabasya is the no moon day and Bakula falls in the Paush month (December – January).
Special food is prepared on the day and is offered in temples. The food is also offered to Mango trees. The ritual is performed to get more mangos during the ensuing mango season.