Utkal Divas (Odisha Day) is celebrated on 1st April every year in all over Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1 April 1936. The day is celebrated as State Holiday in Odisha.
To remember the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of Odisha in those old days, Utkal Divas is celebrated all over the state. Not only in Odisha, but Utkal Divas is celebrated in many cities and towns in India and abroad, where people from Odisha reside.
After losing its complete political identity in 1568 following the defeat and demise of the last Hindu king Mukunda Dev, efforts resulted into the formation of a politically separate state under British rule on linguistic basis on April 1, 1936.
The movement was more intensed with the leadership of Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandita Nilakantha Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher, Sir Basudeba Sudhaladeba, Radhanath Ray, Bhubanananda Das, A. P. Patro and many others with the support of the public.
The newly formed Odisha consisted of six districts namely Cutack, Puri, Baleswar, Sambalpur, Koraput and Ganjam having its capital at Cuttack. Sir John Austin Hubbak took oath of office and became the first Governor of Odisha Province.
Later on the State was divided into 13 districts and then 30 districts.
Utkal Divas Celebration:
Thousands of shops and Jhankis make this festival more beautiful. There is a competition being arranged by popular local politicians like fireworks competition. You can enjoy these fireworks which makes the sky more stunning.