Utkal Divas: Odisha Celebrates 85th Foundation Day
Bhubaneswar: Odisha celebrates the 85th foundation day of the state today, known as ‘Utkal Divas’, with utmost pride and glory. It is on this day that the state became independent in the year 1936.
Utkal Divas, also known as Odisha Day and Utkala Dibasa, is celebrated on April 1 every year in memory of all the struggle that went into gaining a separate identity for the state that was once part of Kalinga ruled by emperor Ashok, and later by Kharavela.
Odisha became the first independent state on language basis in India on this day 85 years ago.
The state became a separate province, after a long struggle of over three centuries. The state was carved out of the combined Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province. marked the beginning of a new journey for the state.
Usually people of Odisha celebrate this day with several meetings and public events to observe the Utkal Divas. However, this year it will be be celebrated in a low key manner due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The capital city Bhubaneswar already wore a glittering look where all major government buildings such as the State Assembly, Secretariat, Police Commissinerate and many others dazzled with colourful lights.