Odisha Day- Utkal Divas
On 1st April annually Utkal Divas, also known as Utakala Dibasha or Odisha Day is celebrated. This day is celebrated to remember Odisha’s formation after the struggle it faced to be recognized as an independent state of the country.
Earlier the state was called Orissa but in 2011 the Orissa Bill and Constitution Bill (113rd amendment) was passed by the Lok Sabha and the state was renamed Odisha.
History of this day
The present-day Odisha was a major part of the ancient Kalinga. The epic Kalinga War was witnessed by this region. This war was led by King Ashoka who in 260 BC had invaded and conquered this region. Later, the Mughals invaded and took over this state and from them, in 1803 the British took over power and divided this region into small units.
The northern and western districts were merged with Bengal while the coastal region was the part of Orissa and Bihar. After struggling for decades, on 1st April 1936, the new province of Odisha came into existence.
Celebrations held on this day
On this day the shops and houses are decorated. Various competitions are organized across the state by local politicians such as fireworks competitions. Different types of cultural programs are also organized to commemorate this day.
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