Odisha Foundation Day 2024: Date, Significance, Traditional Food

On April 1, 1936, the state of Odisha was officially established, and Orissa Day celebrates this historic day. Up to this point in time, Odisha was a part of the Bengal state that was governed by the British. Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das, Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, and Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati were among the key leaders who spearheaded the effort that led to the establishment of a distinct state for Odisha at the beginning of the twentieth century. 

The Government of India Act of 1935, which was passed on April 1, 1936, ultimately resulted in Odisha being awarded the status of a distinct state. The efforts of those leaders were successful. Since that time, Orissa Day has been celebrated all over the state with extraordinary levels of enthusiasm and fervour of zeal. 


For the Odisha people, Orissa Day is a celebration of the joy and harmony that surrounds the entire state. On this day, people remember and pay tribute to the freedom fighters and leaders who gave their lives in the courageous struggle that led to the establishment of the state. 

The rich cultural heritage of Odisha is showcased on this day through its art, music, dancing, and odia cuisine, among other things. Various cultural programmes, exhibitions, and events are planned around the kingdom in honour of the occasion and showcase Odia's culture. 


The state government of Odisha organises a number of different programmes and activities in celebration of the cultural day and historical past of the state on the occasion of Utkala Dibasa. Artistic programmes that include traditional music performances, artwork displays, and classical dances like Odissi are organised in order to showcase the rich cultural that the nation possesses. Furthermore, in order to promote the language, literature, and history of Odisha, there are gatherings, workshops, and seminars that are organised. 

Traditional Food

Traditional Odia food prepared in Odia is also an important part of the celebrations, and special dishes are being prepared for the occasion. Pitha, which is a rice dessert, Pakhala, which is fermented rice, different seafood dishes, and sweets such as Chenna Poda and Rasagola are some of the Odisha Special dishes that are prepared for Orissa Day. 

The celebration of Orissa Day, also known as Utkala Dibasa or Odisha Foundation Day, is not only a celebration of the establishment of the state of Odisha; rather, it is a celebration of the state's abundant history, culture, and established customs.