1st May | Maharashtra Day

May 1 holds a special significance for Maharashtra, as it is celebrated as Maharashtra Day. It was years back when the existing state of Maharashtra was formed, hence the celebrations.
The States Reorganisation Act, 1956, defined boundaries for states within India on the basis of languages. The Bombay State formed under this act had people speaking various languages like Marathi, Gujarati, Kutchi and Konkani. But having two linguistic units in one state didn't seem to work.




The Sanyukta Maharashtra Samiti was thus at the forefront of the movement to divide the Bombay State into two states — one where people primarily spoke Gujarati and Kutchhi and the other where people primarily spoke Marathi and Konkani.

Thus, on May 1, 1960, as per the Bombay Reorganisation Act, Maharashtra and Gujarat were divided and thus Maharashtra attained its statehood.
The day is commemorated with a parade at Shivaji Park, Dadar. The State Governor, state reserve police force, BMC force, home guards, Mumbai Police, civil defence members are all a part of this parade.

While most schools and colleges are already shut due to summer vacations, it's also a public holiday and banks, stock markets and offices remain closed on the day.
Flag hoisting is held at the district headquarters in the presence of the guardian ministers early in the morning as they pay tribute to martyrs on the day. Many eminent personalities like those from academic backgrounds, police officials, sportsmen and doctors are rewarded on the day for their notable contributions in their respective fields.

Flag hoisting is held at the district headquarters in the presence of the guardian ministers early in the morning as they pay tribute to martyrs on the day. Many eminent personalities like those from academic backgrounds, police officials, sportsmen and doctors are rewarded on the day for their notable contributions in their respective fields.
The state government and private sectors launch various new projects and schemes on the day. Annual celebrations of such institutes and projects, too, are held.

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