The first day of the month of May holds a special significance for the state of Maharashtra because it was on this day when the state came into formation 59 years ago in 1960. It was created on the basis of linguistics. The erstwhile state of Bombay comprised of speakers of languages such as Marathi, Gujarati, Konkani and Kutchi. After long standing movements and andolans, the division took place, following which Maharashtra comprised of areas where speakers of Marathi and Konkani language resided while Gujarat dominated the Gujarati and Kutchi speaking people.
- How is May 1st celebrated in Maharashtra?
May 1st is observed as a public holiday for government offices, banks and educational institutions. It is also a dry day in the state.
The governor of the state of Maharashtra addresses a large gathering at Shivaji Park, Dadar to commemorate the day. He also takes the salute at the ceremonial parade, comprising members of the State Reserve Police Force, Brihanmumbai Commando Force, Home Gaurds, Civil Defence, City Police and Fire Brigade. This day is especially reserved to launch new schemes and projects of the state government and the private sectors alike. Many notable people from different walks of life are awarded for their contribution.Other celebrations include the traditional Lavani and Lezim performances and other folk dances of the state.
All over the state, numerous private celebrations take place and every city adds its very own flavour to the celebrations. The current trend is when you witness people enthusiastically dressed in traditional Maharashtrian attire and flock the streets with flags and other props. It is a treat to see women folk dressed in traditional sarees, wearing a pheta and nath and riding bikes.
The most important thing however, is carelessly and most comfortably forgotten and ignored. And that is working tirelessly towards preserving the rich resources of our state and working towards creating more. I, for one, would appeal to everyone who is reading this to keep your immediate surroundings clean, save water, recycle and reduce the waste, and be good-vigilant citizens.