Maharashtra Diwas or Maharashtra Din signifies the victory celebration for a Marathi political movement based on linguistics. The vocal mobilisation of the late 1950s and the early 1960s has left a deep-rooted impact on the people of Maharashtra and its culture and traditions.
May 1st is considered a public holiday in the state of Maharashtra on account of Maharashtra Day. Every year, the government of Maharashtra declares this day as a state holiday to commemorate the birth of the state. All educational institutions like schools, colleges, offices remain closed on this special day.
Every year, the day begins with a parade at Shivaji Park, Dadar. Everybody including the Governor of the state along with the state reserve police, home guards, Mumbai Police, BMC Force, traffic police, among others take part in the parade. During the parade, several events are held showcasing the culture and traditions of Maharashtra.
Commemorating the special day at the respective districts, a flag is hoisted every year with tributes to the martyrs on this day. Speakers on the event are notable persons from various fields including sportspersons, police officials, and doctors who are rewarded in recognition of this notable service to the state.
On Maharashtra Diwas, the people of Maharasthra celebrate the happy day with the traditional lavni performances all over the state. The lavni performances are dances on narration of poems written by Marathi saints, while processions are held across the state.
New projects are undertaken during this time by the State government and several private companies who inaugurate and launch new projects and schemes on Maharashtra Day. 1st March 2019 is Incidentally also celebrated as the International Labour Day across the world. International Labour Day has observed since the 19th century.