Maghe Parab is among the harvest festivals celebrated by the Ho
and Kol tribes of Orissa
. This colorful festival falls in between January and February. A separate date is fixed by each and every village for its celebration.
Maghe Parab is observed in honor of the village deity (Mother Goddess), who protects the villagers from all calamities. The important rituals that take place are the sacrifice of a black fowl and offering of 'Mahua' liquor.
The villagers appear in new clothes during this festival. The festival is made alive with folk songs, dances and devotional music.