Karnataka Rajyotsava also known as Karnataka Formation Day or Karnataka Day, Kannada Rajyotsava, or Kannada Day. It is celebrated every year, on November 1st. It is an occasion commemorating the day in 1956 when all Kannada-speaking regions of South India united to become the state of Karnataka. In 1973 on this very day, the name of this state was changed from Mysore to Karnataka. The birth of a Kannada-speaking state is celebrated as Kannada Rajyotsava where Rajyotsava comes from two words – ‘Rajya’ meaning state and Utsava meaning festival.
Celebration of Karnataka Rajyotsava:
On this day, the authorities present Rajyotsava Awards, the state’s second-highest civilian honour. The awards ceremony is held annually and was first held in 1966. Residents of Karnataka are honoured for their achievements in various fields. The environment, education, agriculture, medicine, sports, journalism, law, literature, volunteer work, social service and several other fields are among them. Additionally, a number of local festivals, performances, and other events around the state are organised.
Kannada culture is represented by the Kannada flag. In the entire state of Karnataka, Rajyotsava Day is celebrated with great joy and vigour. On this day, the red and yellow Kannada flags are raised at several key places around the state giving the entire state a joyful appearance, and the Kannada national hymn (“Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Tanujate”) is chanted. As part of the celebrations, numerous concerts, processions, and ceremonies are arranged by various communities, institutions, and political parties.
Karnataka, a beautiful state in the SouthWest of India, is also known as the “land of Monuments” and is full of fascinating places to discover.