Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is celebrated annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maratha emperor Shivaji Maharaj. The people of Maharashtra observe this day with great vigour. Shivaji Jayanti is also a public holiday in the state. Cultural programmes and processions are organised on this day to honour the courage and sacrifice of the warrior. This year marks the 391 birth anniversary of the great Maratha. Chhatrapati Shivaji was one of the bravest, progressive and sensible monarchs of India. Shivaji Jayanti is mainly a Maharashtrian holiday celebrated as a festival. A public holiday in the state is observed on this day.