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Sama Pancham

Sama Pancham is a unique ritual observed mainly in Gujarat in the Bhadrapad Month (August – September). Women and farmers observe certain rituals on the day. In 2023, the date of Sama Pancham is September 20. On the Sama Pancham day, people cook and eat only Sama grains.

When is it Observed?

The ritual is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad Month.

How is it Observed?

On this day, farmers and people associated with agricultural activities cook and eat Sama – the seeds that a kind of wild grass.

Women observe on the day rituals associated with Rishi Pancham. Some women avoid performing religious rituals on the day and indulge in the singing of bhajans.