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A great post about the Bali Yatra from Anu's Blog
Bali Yatra - The festival
Bali Yatra is a famous Festival in Orissa. Held on the full moon day in November - December that is celebrated all over Orissa as Kartik Purnima, Bali Yatra commemorates Orissa's ancient maritime legacy.
Karthik Purnima was considered the most auspicious day by the traders (sadhabas) of Orissa to venture on a journey to distant lands namely the islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Bali Yatra is a hugely popular fair held on the banks of Mahanadi River in Cuttack city from where the traders of Orissa (sadhabas) undertook voyages, along the sea trade route, on huge boats called Boita. To celebrate the glory of the ancient times, the people in Cuttack as well as in the rest of Orissa float small boats made of cork(thermocole), colored paper and banana tree barks in the river and water tanks.
The ritual of launching tiny paper boats lit by lamps placed within its hollow is known as Boita Bandana.
Not only in River Mahanadi but also in many other rivers , ponds and sea people set sell to their little ships in the early morning of Kartik Purnima.
Held over 3-4 days till the full moon day, the fair of Bali Yatra is attended by thousands of enthusiasts and is marked with fun and frolic at the riverbanks where countless shops selling food, clothes and miscellaneous items and swings come up during the evenings.Its like a must for all the people in cuttack to visit it once.
And from the Wikepedia