Kannada Rajyotsava is a public holiday in the Karnataka state in India.
It is always celebrated on 1 November. It is also known as Karnataka Formation Day.
Rajyotsava (meaning 'state festival') commemorates this day in 1956 when the state of Karnataka was created by merging all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India.
Following India becoming a republic in 1950, different provinces were created based on the languages spoken in a particular region. On 1 November 1956, several of these merged to form the state of Mysore, which was the name of an older region that formed part of the new state. This name was not a popular choice with some northern parts of the state, so eventually, on 1 November 1973, the state was renamed Karnataka.
The Kannada language has an unbroken literary history of over a thousand years and with over 38 million speakers, it is one of the 40 most spoken languages in the world.
Rajyotsava day is a colourful celebrations with the red and yellow of the state flag being displayed across Karnataka. Each year, the state government will announce awards for those who have contributed to the Karnataka state.
As this is a secular holiday, religion is not a factor, so all Kannadigans whether they are Hindu, Muslim or Christians will celebrate this day.
Karnataka covers the area of Bangalore, which has offices supporting many major multi-nationals. Typically workers may observe international holidays of their employers. If your colleagues are working today in Bangalore, impress them with your new found knowledge about their state, by asking them if they are wearing Red and Yellow!