Maharashtra Day: Do you know why it is celebrated on May Day?

Do you know why it is celebrated on May Day i.e. May 1 every year? This Indian Dope Trick asks the young citizens of Mumbai just that. May Day is marked as International Workers’ Day or Labour Day worldwide. But not many know the reason why it holds a special importance in Maharashtra. That is exactly what is showcased in this vox pop viral video. You will be surprised with the hilarious answers of the teenagers or collegegoers of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state, on why May 1 should be special for them.

Some say it’s because it’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s birthday, and some say it is just a ‘dry day’, i.e. No Alcohol Day, while some youngsters don’t even try to answer! “May 1 is the beginning of summer” or simply, “No idea, dude,” are the vague replies of this so-called hip crowd. Only one person is able to answer the question on the significance of Maharashtra Day.

Well, so what’s the answer? May 1 was the day when the state of Maharashtra as we know it today was formed. Earlier, the state of Bombay State was separate and consisted of equal number of Maharashtrians (Marathi-speaking) and Gujaratis. A new state of Maharashtra was formed on May 1, 1960 after a movement, with Bombay (Mumbai) as its capital. Hence, May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day.