Happy Birthday Karnataka & Kerala!!!

Kannada Rajyotsava “Birth of the Karnataka state” is celebrated on 1 November every year. This was the day in 1956 when all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state of Karnataka. Rajyotsava day is celebrated with great joy and vigour all over the state of Karnataka. The entire state wears a festive look on this day as the red and yellow Kannada flags are hoisted at different strategic locations across the state and the Kannada anthem “Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Tanujate” is chanted. Religion not being a factor, the Rajyotsava is celebrated by Hindus, Muslims and Christians as well.

Kerala Piravi marks the birth of the state of Kerala in India. The state of Kerala was created on November 1, 1956. November 1 is therefore known as Kerala Piravi Dinam (day) in the state. Malayalees around the world celebrate November 1 as Kerala Piravi, which in Malayalam “the birthday of Kerala”. Kerala, the southernmost state of India, was formed long after Indian independence on 15 August 1947. Prior to that date it was three independent provinces named Malabar, Cochin and Travancore. Kerala originally got its name after the first ruler, Keralian Thamboran, who ruled one of these independent provinces earlier in the millennia. But some historians say that the name ‘Kerala’ comes from “kera”, which means coconut tree which is widely seen in the region. Read more…

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