Odisha Day 2019

Utkala Dibasa or Utkal Divas or Odisha Day falls every year on 1 April. The day celebrates the formation of the Orissa region under the British rule in India. Odisha Day is a restricted holiday in Odisha. Earlier, Odisha used to be called Orissa.

On 1 April every year, the Indian state of Odisha celebrates Odisha Day in the remembrance of creation of the state as a distinct sphere on the opening day of April 1936. The administrative identity was fully lost in 1568 after the death and conquest of Mukunda Dev, the last king. As a result, the new state was formed based on the language on 1 April 1936. The prime revolt of the distinct state extended for 30 years from the first day of Utkal Sammilani, which led to the creation of a distinct Province of Odisha.

Formerly, the state used to be called Orissa. Like mentioned earlier, Odisha Day is celebrated every year on 1 April. In 2018, the day falls on Sunday. In 2019, the day falls on Monday. In the year 1576, the attackers of Mughal Empire captured Orissa and the neighboring areas. This concluded the supremacy of the last Odisha’s Hindu emperor. The area was later controlled by the British in the year 1803. In the year 1912, the domain of Odisha and Bihar was detached from West Bengal. Ultimately, on 1 April 1936, Odisha turned out to be a distinct sphere.

Odisha Day 2019-2020

Holiday Year Date Day States
Odisha Day 2019 1 April Monday Odisha
Odisha Day 2020 1 April Wednesday Odisha

Odisha Day is celebrated across the state of Odisha. Jhankis and commercial outlets make Odisha Day even more attractive. Competitions are organised by local politicians. Firework competitions are commonly seen and are beautiful to watch. The families of Odia also organise various types of cultural events. Artists will perform Odisha dances. Local leaders deliver speeches.

History of the formation of Odisha

  • Orissa was once a part of the kingdom of Kalinga.
  • King Ashoka conquered Orissa in 250 BC.
  • After that, temples were constructed in various parts such as Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar under the dynasties of Hindu.
  • In the year 1576, coastal Orissa became the part of the Mughal Empire.
  • Soon after the Carnatic wars, Orissa’s southern coast was amalgamated with the Presidency of Madras by the East India Company.
  • In the year 1912, Orissa and Bihar were formed.
  • On 1 April 1936, Odisha was formed.

History Of Odisha Day

Orissa was the Kalinga kingdom’s centre earlier even though it was provisionally attacked by Maurya and King Ashoka retained it approximately for 100 years. Several Hindu families ascended and constructed temples at the three cities – Konarak, Puri and Bhubaneswar since the Kingdom of Kalinga decayed. In the year 1958, the attackers of Afgan transmitted the state to the province of Mughal. The state of Orissa separated among the kings of West Bengal and Maharashtra. In the year 1803, Orissa was attacked by the British.

How Do People Celebrate Odisha Day?

Odisha Day is also called as Utkal Divas and is celebrated every year on 1 April throughout the state of Odisha. On the day, competitions shall be organised by renowned local politicians. The most commonly organised competition is fireworks and the competition is being enjoyed by many people across the state.

More about Odisha

The earlier capital city of Odisha was Cuttack whereas the current capital city is Bhubaneswar. In terms of tribal population, Odisha is the 3rd state in the country. Various rulers ruled the state. More than 31% of the state has been covered with forests. On 9 November 2010, the Parliament of India renamed Orissa as Odisha. Oriya language was also retitled as Odia.

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