The Rainy Season begins in India when the South West Monsoon winds begin to blow over this country. The season is felt in the months of Asaadha and Shravana as per the Oriya calendar. But in fact it lasts in India from the second week of June till the end of September.
The Rainy Season comes after the Summer Season. So this season brings relief to everybody. We enjoy rains. Very often it rains for days together. The water level rises. Trees look more and more green. On a rainy day the sky remains covered with clouds. The sun remains hidden behind the clouds. Sometimes low-pressure occurs and it results in heavy rain.
Tanks and pools are filled with water. In this season the colour of the water in river turns yellow due to the particles of mud. Roads become muddy. Rain water flows on the roads. Small children prepare paper boats and float them along the stream of water.
The Rainy Season is helpful to us in many ways. The earth which was dry becomes cool and soft. The air becomes cool and comfortable. The air in this season is free from dust. Rain is helpful in agriculture. Farmers become happy to get adequate rain in this season. We get many kinds of vegetables in this season. If there is plenty of rain water, then it is preserved in dams for the hydro-electricity and irrigation purpose. Therefore we must be thankful to this season.
The Rainy Season is also not without troubles. It brings us some inconveniences. As roads become muddy, people face difficulty in going from one place to another. If it rains for days together, the working class people suffer from starvation. They do .not get any work anywhere. Prices of essential commodities go up due to interruptions in supply of goods to the market. Many diseases break out. Malaria, dysentery and diarrhea are quite common. Impure water is the chief reason of the spread of diseases. Flood occurs and brings heavy damage to crops.
The Rainy Season is remembered for the famous Car Festival and the Raki Purnima. These two festivals are celebrated more joyously in Orissa.