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Sama Chakeva or Sama Chakeba is a Hindu festival, originating from the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. It is a festival of brothers and sisters. It is celebrated in November and commences when birds begin their migration from the Himalayas down towards the plains of India. According to the Hindustan Times, the festival, which includes folk theater and song, celebrates the love between brothers and sisters and is based on a legend recounted in the Puranas. It tells the story of Sama, a daughter of Krishna who had been falsely accused of wrongdoing. Her father punished her by turning her into a bird, but the love and sacrifice of her brother Chakeva eventually allowed her to regain human form. The celebration starts from the night of Chhath puja. This is the 7th day of the month of Kartik. Young, mostly unmarried girls assemble near the ghats of chhath with a basket containing small idols of sama and chakeva, candles, kohl etc. at night. They sing traditional songs, perform some rituals, like making kohl, exchanging baskets. This celebration continues till Kartik Purnima. On the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima, girls take a dip in river and the idols of sama and chakeva are immersed in the river.[1][2]

Sama Chakeva
Also calledSama Chakeba[citation needed]
Observed byHindu
TypeCultural, Historical, Religious
Significancesignifies the brother and sister relationship
BeginsThe day after Kartik Shashthi
EndsKartik purnamasi


  1. ^ Bishnu K Jha, (22 November 2012). "Mithila's submerged in Sama-Chakeva celebrations". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ Sunita Pant Bansal (2005). Encyclopaedia of India, pp. 71-72. Smriti Books, ISBN 8187967714