On 1st April 1936, the state of — Orissa (Odisha) — was formed and to remember the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of Orissa in those olden days, Utkal Divas or — Odisha Day is celebrated all over the state.
Utkala Divas is celebrated to commemorate the foundation day of our state Orissa on — 1st April 1936. Orissa took birth as a separate linguistic state because of the pioneering efforts of — Utkala Gaurav Madhusudan Das, Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Shri Ramachandra Bhanjadeo, Maharaja Shri Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Raja Baikunthanath Dey, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher, and Gourishankar Ray.
Later on the State was divided into 13 districts and then — 30 districts. The day is celebrated as State Holiday in Orissa. On this occasion various cultural evenings, seminars, competition are organised in different parts of inside and out side the State. Oriya communities all over the world also celebrate wherever they are.