Kannada Rajyotsava Day is celebrated every year on November 1. Karnataka was formed on this day, hence this day is also known as Kannada Day, Karnataka Formation Day or Karnataka Day. Rajyotsava means the birth of a state. In 1956, a state was created by merging all the Kannada speaking regions in India, which was named as Karnataka. The spoken language was Kannada. This day is declared as a state holiday. The people of Karnataka celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava Day with great pomp.
On this day, people of Karnataka wear their traditional clothes and also hoist their state flag, which is red and yellow. The people there also sing the Kannada Anthem (“Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Tanujate”). The state government awards people who contribute to the development of Karnataka. The Chief Minister inaugurates the function of the State which is held at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. This Rajyotsava is celebrated by all religions Hindu, Muslims and Christians, Not only in Karnataka but also in many parts of India this day is celebrated.
In 1950, Aluru Venkata Rao started the Karnataka Ekikaran Movement, in which he dreamed of creating a separate state for the people speaking Kannada language. When India became a Republic in 1950, there were different provinces formed on the basis of language and a state was created naming Mysore. Many places of South India were included, which used to be ruled by the kings.
When Karnataka was formed, it was first renamed Mysore, which was the name of the former Princely State. But the people of North Karnataka did not favour this name and demanded a change of name. Due to this, the name was changed to Karnataka on November 1, 1973. The change of name was cheered by all.
The name of Karnataka is formed from Karunadu means “lofty land”. The very name Kannada and Karnataka evoked unity between peoples of Karnataka. The chief minister at that time was Devraj Arasu. Many people worked hard to unify Karnataka, some of which are B.M. Srikantaiah, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, A.N. Krishna Rao, Kuvempu and K. Shivaram Karanth.
This is celebrated in Karnataka as a festival. It is celebrated by Kannadigas across the state without any discrimination of caste or religion.
On this day, people wear traditional attire. Male can be seen dressed in a yellow and red turban and females wear yellow and red coloured saree.
The celebrations are marked by multicoloured paintings carrying the picture of Goddess of Bhuvaneshwari painted on a fabulously decorated vehicle.
This day is listed as a government holiday in the state of Karnataka.
Kannadigas celebrate this day with great pride.
On this day, many people celebrate Karnataka rajyotsava by hoisting Karnataka flag followed by Kannada anthem.
This celebration includes Karnataka folk music and folk dance like Dollu Kunitha and Veeragas which were performed by the people in their precincts.
On this day, the rajyotsava awards are facilitated to people who have contributed to the development of the state by the Chief Minister and Governor of the state.
It is a bi-coloured flag, which symbolizes the auspiciousness and welfare of Karnataka and Kannada people across the state. The flag is divided into two shades where yellow depicts Arrishna (turmeric) and red represents Kumkuma (Vermilion). This bi-coloured flag was created by Kannada writer and activist Ma Ramamurthy for a pro-Kannada political party called The Kannada Paksha. Karnataka Flag has been accepted now by pro activists parties for the welfare and symbol of the state pride. The flag is hoisted on the day of Karnataka Rajyotsava on November 1st as a state formation day. People celebrate this day as a festival and express their happiness.
Kannadigas celebrate Karanataka Rajyostava Day with great pomp whether it is Hindu or Muslim because this formation day in Karnataka means a lot to them.
Question 1: When and Why Kannada Rajyotsava is Celebrated?
Answer: Kannada Rajyotsava Day is celebrated every year on November 1. In 1956, all the Kannada speaking regions which were in India, a state was created by merging all of them, which was named as Karnataka, in which the Kannada language was spoken.
Question 2: What was the Name of Karnataka Before?
Answer: Upon Karnataka being formed, it was first renamed Mysore, which was the name of the former Princely State.
Question 3: Where Did the Name Karnataka Derive From?
Answer: The name of Karnataka is formed from Karunadu means “lofty land”.
Question 4: How People Celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava Day?
Answer: Kannadigas celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava Day with great pride. The celebrations are marked by multicoloured paintings carrying the picture of Goddess of Bhuvaneshwari painted on a fabulously decorated vehicle. On this day, people wear traditional attire. Male can be seen dressed in a yellow and red turban and females wear yellow and red coloured saree. This celebration includes Karnataka folk music and folk dance like Dollu Kunitha and Veeragas which were performed by the people in their precincts.