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About Maharashtra din

Learn why Maharashtra Day is celebrated

Not only Labor Day or May Day but also Maharashtra Day is celebrated on 1st May. Maharashtra and Gujarat, two states in India, celebrate May 1 as their founding day. At the time of India's independence, both these states were part of the state of Mumbai. On this day, the state of 'Maharashtra' was established. Earlier, Maharashtra and Gujarat did not exist separately. Both were from Mumbai in one state. At that time, Mumbai and Gujarati were the most spoken languages ​​in the state. Marathi and Gujarati speaking people were demanding an independent state for themselves. People of both languages ​​were intensifying their movements day by day.

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In fact many states were established under the State Reorganization Act 1956. Under this Act, the state of Karnataka was created for Kannada speakers, while Telugu speakers got Andhra Pradesh. Similarly for Kerala and Tamil speakers, Tamil Nadu was made a state for Malayalam speakers. But Marathas and Gujaratis did not get separate states. There were many agitations on this demand.

On May 1, 1950, the then Nehru government of India divided the state of Mumbai into two states, Maharashtra and Gujarat, under the Bombay Reorganization Act 1960. The two states also had a dispute over Bombay. The Marathas said that Bombay should meet them because most of the people there speak Marathi, while the Gujaratis say that they were from Mumbai. Eventually Mumbai became the capital of Maharashtra.

To make Maharashtra Day special, the state government organizes a number of colorful events on May 1 every year. To make this day special, the Maharashtra government has organized a special parade.

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