Bhubaneswar is called the temple city of India. There are more than one thousand temples in the city. They play a very important role to develop the base and culture of the state and to diversify the striking features and history. The culture of the city is best known for its religious catholicity and tolerance. Odishi dance, sculpture, architecture and music are the common arts of the Oriya culture. Bhubaneswar is also the center of various cultural festivals in which the famous Odishi dance is performed and some of the festivals are Kalinga Mahotsav, Rajarani Music Festival, Mukteswara Dance Festival and Ekmara Festival.
The traditional wear of the city is sari and salwar kameez for women whereas dhoti and kurta for man. There are lot of handicrafts in this cultural land of the state which includes Sand Art, Metal Work, Patta Chitra, Masks, Making Puppets, Silver Filigree, Stone Carving etc. There are lots of famous festivals that are celebrated in Bhubaneswar.
Ashokashtami which is also known as the car festival is celebrated in the month of March or April which is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva. In this festival hundreds of devotees participate in pulling the temple car of deities which is called Ratha Yatra or Rukuna Path. Jagannath is the most important festival of the city which is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Vishnu. The other festivals of the city are Durga Pooja which is celebrated in the month of September to October, Shivaratri, Nuakhai, Saraswati Puja, Ganesh Puja and Diwali. Adivasi Fair that shows the culture, tradition, art, artefacts and music of the city is celebrated in the month of January. Toshali National Crafts Fair, Khandagiri Utsav and Rajdhani Book Fair are also the major attractions for the people.