Kannada Rajyothsava 2024

1 November 2024
Karnataka    Regional holiday

Kannada Rajyotsava is a public holiday in the Karnataka state in India. It is celebrated on November 1st every year. It is also known as Karnataka Formation Day. Rajyotsava marks this day in 1956 when the state of Karnataka was created by merging all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India.

Following India becoming a republic in 1950, different provinces were created based on the languages spoken in a particular region. On November 1st 1956, several of these merged to form the state of Mysore, which was the name of an older region that formed part of the new state. This name was not a popular choice with some northern parts of the state, so eventually, on November 1st 1973, the state was renamed Karnataka.

Rajyotsava Day is a colourful celebration with the red and yellow of the state flag being displayed across Karnataka. The main celebrations take place at Bengalurus Krantiveera stadium where the state Chief Minister hoists the state flag and gives an address. The governor of the state also addresses the gathering. In addition to this, the Rajyotsava awards are announced by the government of Karnataka, which is considered the second-highest civilian award in the state. The Kannada anthem of Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Tanujate is also played today.

As this is a secular holiday, religion is not a factor, so all Kannadigans whether they are Hindu, Muslim or Christians celebrate this day. It is a festive and joyous environment that is beautiful and splendid. It is a famous cultural festival of Karnataka that is celebrated with the greatest enthusiasm and joy. People showcase their culture and traditions on this beautiful day.