Here is your short paragraph on Nuakhia:
Most significant festival of Sambalpur, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Kalahandi of the Western Orissa and some areas of Phulbani is Nuakhia. It falls in the bright half of the month of Bhadra on an auspicious day.
The people in general eagerly look forward for the festival and preparation starts before a fortnight. Most of the houses are cleaned, neatly plastered and decorated by the house wives.
On this occasion old and young all wear new clothes. Though the festival is intended for eating new rice of the year, it is observed as a general festival.
Meeting of friends and relatives, singing, dancing and merrymaking are parts of the festival.
On this occasion the new rice is cooked with milk and sugar (Kshiri) and then offered as Bhog to Goddess Laxmi. Then the eldest member of the family distributes the same to other members.