Bhubaneswar: Bali Yatra, the biggest trade fair in Odisha, will kick off on the banks of Mahanadi river in Cuttack city on November 27.
The Cuttack district administration and the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) today held the first preparatory meeting for the annual fair. The festival will continue till December 4.
“The annual Bali Yatra will commence on the occasion of Kartika Purnima on November 27. The fair will be held for eight days this year,” said an official of the district administration.
The annual trade fair is organised on the banks of Mahanadi in the Silver City to celebrate the glorious maritime history of Odisha.
Traders from across the country, corporate houses and government agencies usually open their stalls at the fair.
Thousands of people from several districts of Odisha visit the fair to buy household goods, decorative pieces and wooden items among other things.
Hundreds of food stalls also come up at the fair to serve varieties of cuisines to the people.
The state government had accorded the state festival tag to Bali Yatra a few years ago.
It is worth mentioning here that the trade fair could not be held for two years (2020 and 2021) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.