Karnataka Rajyothsava Day
Karnataka Formation Day is celebrated as ‘Rajyotsava’ day on 1st of November every year. This celebration marks the birth of Karnataka state of Karnataka, on 1st November 1956 by way of merger of Kannada speaking regions of South India.
History: At the time of India’s independence, South India was being ruled by the State of Mysuru, Nizams of Hyderabad, Madras (now Chennai) Presidency and Bombay (now Mumbai) Presidency. For better administration, the process of redefining the regions based on language spoken by locals was initiated. In 1956, boundaries of Mysuru state were redefined to include Kannada speaking regions of other adjacent states. Neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh was also formed on the same day, consisting of Telugu speaking regions. The name was changed from ‘Mysuru’ to ‘Karnataka’ on 1st November 1973. Since then each year November 1 marks celebration of state formation.
What to expect:
- Rajyotsava Award: The Government of Karnataka awards individuals who made major contributions to Kannada culture and Karnataka on each Rajyotsava day.
- Cultural Programs: Several cultural programs and celebrations are held all across Karnataka to demonstrate the cultural heritage and richness of the state.A spectacular display of the varied folk art forms and a presentation of the culture, tradition, food of the state. Witness the entire state wear festive clothes of the color Yellow and Red (representing the Karnataka Flag) and flags in every nook and corner of the state, chanting the anthem of Karnataka – Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Tanujate.
How to witness Rajyotsava celebrations:
If you are in Karnataka during 1st of November, scan local media for various Rajyotsava related events. Your host/hotel staff will be happy to help you.