Basoda festival is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala and is observed eight days after Holi festival on the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami day in Rajasthan. In 2015, Basoda Festival is on March 13. The ritual observed on the eight day of waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) is also referred as Basora.
During Basoda Festival, Goddess Sheetala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetala Ashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.
On the Basoda Festival day people do not cook any food.