The Oriya culture is largely defined by the festivals and fairs of the state. The plethora of temples has brought about spiritual influences in the festivals life styles and culture of the state.
Festivals of Orissa like the rest of the places in India differ a lot and during some of the festivals the state becomes a major attraction for people all over India and abroad. The prime festival of the state is rath Yatra when the deities of Jaggannth temple are taken for tour outside in their special chariots. Dhanu Yatra is another festival which marks the visit of Lord Krishna in Mathura.
The Music and Dance of Orissa boldly depict the spiritual influence by its devotional themes. The body movement of Odissi dance and the music that is composed on the basis of devotional tales speak about the essence of the state that lies in spiritualism. Folk dances of Orissa like Gunjikata, Humo, Bauli, Jamudali, Jhulki, Mayalajar, Ghumra are quite popular.
The cuisines of the state present some of the favored delicacies that are prepared with much care and devotion. The basic nature of the food in Orissa shows a health consciousness as the foods are mostly oil-free. The state has a high preference for fishes and sweets.