Utkal Divas: Celebrating the Formation of Odisha
Utkal Divas is an important celebration for the people of Odisha, India. It marks the formation of the state of Odisha on April 1, 1936. This day is a tribute to the leaders and activists who fought for the creation of the state, and it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride by the people of Odisha. In this article, we will explore the history and significance of Utkal Divas and how it is celebrated in Odisha.
The formation of Odisha
The history of Odisha dates back to ancient times. The state was ruled by different dynasties like the Mauryas, Guptas, and Mughals. The British East India Company also had a significant influence on the region. Odisha was part of the Bengal Presidency during the British Raj. The people of Odisha faced many difficulties under the colonial rule, including economic exploitation, cultural oppression, and political marginalization.
During the 20th century, there was a growing demand for a separate state for Oriya-speaking people. Leaders like Madhusudan Das, Biju Patnaik, and Nabakrushna Choudhury led the movement for the creation of Orissa. Orissa was the first state to be formed based on the language of Oriya. The demand for a separate state was finally granted by the British Government on April 1, 1936.
The significance of Utkal Divas
Utkal Divas is an important day for the people of Odisha as it marks the beginning of a new era of self-governance and cultural renaissance. The word ‘Utkal’ means ‘the land of excellence’ in Sanskrit, and the day symbolizes the pride and identity of the people of Odisha. Utkal Divas is also a reminder of the sacrifices and struggles of the freedom fighters who fought for the formation of the state.
Celebration of Utkal Divas
Utkal Divas is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Odisha. The day is marked by various cultural programs, including music and dance performances, poetry recitations, and drama shows. Schools, colleges, and community organizations organize these programs to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Odisha.
Flag hoisting and parades
The day starts with the hoisting of the Odisha flag at government buildings and public places. The flag has a white background with a black wheel in the center, representing the Ashoka Chakra. The flag symbolizes the pride and unity of the people of Odisha. Parades are also organized on this day, with people dressed in traditional Odia attire and carrying banners and placards.
Food and Festivities
Utkal Divas is also a time for feasting and festivities. Traditional Odia delicacies like Chenna Poda, Rasgulla, and Pakhala are prepared and served to friends and family. People also decorate their homes with colorful rangolis and light lamps to celebrate the occasion.
Utkal Divas is a day of immense pride and joy for the people of Odisha. It is a time to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the state and to pay homage to the leaders and activists who fought for the creation of the state. The day also serves as a reminder of the struggles and sacrifices of the freedom fighters and the need to uphold the values of democracy and self-governance.
PM greets on Utkal Dibasa
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on Utkal Dibasa. In a tweet, Shri Modi said,
“Best wishes on Utkala Dibasa. This is a day to acknowledge the rich role of Odisha, Odia people and culture in the progress of our nation. May the people of Odisha be blessed with good health and prosperity in the times to come.”
“ଉତ୍କଳ ଦିବସର ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା । ଏହି ଦିନ ଆମ ଦେଶର ପ୍ରଗତିରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା, ଓଡିଆ ଜନସାଧାରଣ ଏବଂ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ସମୃଦ୍ଧ ଅବଦାନକୁ ଜାଣିବାର ଅବସର । ଓଡ଼ିଶାବାସୀଙ୍କ ଉତ୍ତମ ସ୍ୱାସ୍ଥ୍ୟ ଏବଂ ସମୃଦ୍ଧି କାମନା କରୁଛି ।”
ଉତ୍କଳ ଦିବସର ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା । ଏହି ଦିନ ଆମ ଦେଶର ପ୍ରଗତିରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା, ଓଡିଆ ଜନସାଧାରଣ ଏବଂ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ସମୃଦ୍ଧ ଅବଦାନକୁ ଜାଣିବାର ଅବସର । ଓଡ଼ିଶାବାସୀଙ୍କ ଉତ୍ତମ ସ୍ୱାସ୍ଥ୍ୟ ଏବଂ ସମୃଦ୍ଧି କାମନା କରୁଛି ।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 1, 2023
On this day, the Chief Minister of the Odisha, Naveen Patnaik hoists the flag and delivers a speech. In a tweet he said, “Heartiest greetings and congratulations to all on the occasion of Odisha Day. On this occasion, I pay my respects to the leaders of the creation of a separate Odisha state. Let’s maintain the pride and dignity of the Odisha community and continue with determination to build a new Odisha, an ambitious Odisha.”
ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଦିବସ ଅବସରରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ଆନ୍ତରିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ। ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଗଠନର ବରେଣ୍ୟ ସାଧକମାନଙ୍କୁ ଏହି ଅବସରରେ ମୋର ସମ୍ମାନ ଜଣାଉଛି। ଆସନ୍ତୁ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତିର ଅସ୍ମିତା ଓ ସ୍ଵାଭିମାନକୁ ବଜାୟ ରଖି ଏକ ନୂଆ ଓଡ଼ିଶା, ଉଚ୍ଚାକାଂକ୍ଷୀ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଗଠନ ଦିଗରେ ସଙ୍କଳ୍ପବଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇ ଆଗକୁ ବଢିବା। #OdishaDibasa pic.twitter.com/bFEZpXdjwk— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 1, 2023
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