Hul Divas is observed annually on June 30 in memory of tribals — Sidho and Kanhu Murmu — who led the Santhal hul (rebellion) on June 30, 1855, at Bhognadih in Sahebganj district.
While people, mostly Santhals from Jharkhand and neighbouring states, gather large number to celebrate what they think was the first people’s action against the British, the leaders such as the chief minister also attend the function to pay tribute to the tribal leaders and also to woo the Santhals whose vote matter a lot in the state politics.
Santhal Hul Rebellion
Just two years before the revolt of 1857, there was another revolt in North India against the British
The Santhal rebellion of 1855 CE was called Hul, which in the local language means a movement for liberation.
On one side were Santhals tribes and on the other were Britishers and their agents, the Zamindars.
The Santhals are a tribal community inhabiting large parts of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.