Bihar Fair and Festival
Jivitputrika (also Jiutiya or Jiitiya) is a festival in which Nirjala (without water) vrata throughout a day and night, is observed by mothers for the wellbeing of their children. A three-day-long festival is celebrated from seventh to ninth lunar day of Krishna-Paksha in Ashvin month. It is celebrated mainly in Bihar, Jharkhandand Uttar Pradesh states of India and Nepal.
This festival shows great love and extreme affection of mothers towards their children. The mother keeps a very strict fast, without a drop of water thinking of their children. When done with water it is called khur ( dry as hay) Jitiya.Paaran is done with Noni ka saag, Maruwa ki roti and a vegetable stew of zucchini