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Nagaland statehood day: All you need to know about ‘land of festivals’

Nagaland is one of the eight north eastern states and is located on India’s farthest east side. It was formally inaugurated on December 1, 1963, as the 16th state of the Indian Union. President Droupadi Murmu and PM Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of the state on statehood day.

Ashesh Mallick Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Kohima Published on: December 01, 2023 14:16 IST
Nagaland Statehood Day 2023, Nagaland tourism
Image Source : PTI Tribal artists from Nagaland

Nagaland is celebrating its statehood day on Friday (December 1), on the occasion of which President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the residents of the state. The President said that the state is blessed with natural resources and serene environment and is a land of vibrant people and rich culture. 

“Warm greetings to the residents of Nagaland on statehood day! A land of vibrant people and rich culture, Nagaland is blessed with natural resources and serene environment. I pray for the prosperity and well-being of the residents of Nagaland,” President Murmu posted on X.

PM Modi said that the history of Nagaland, its colourful festivals and admired.

“Happy Statehood Day to the people of Nagaland. The state’s fascinating history, colorful festivals and warm-hearted people are greatly admired. May this day reinforce Nagaland’s journey towards growth and success,” he posted on X.

Details about Nagaland

Nagaland is one of the eight north eastern states and is located on India’s farthest east side. It was formally inaugurated on December 1, 1963, as the 16th state of the Indian Union. The state is bordered by Myanmar in the east, Arunachal Pradesh in the north, Assam in the west, and Manipur in the south.

According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Nagaland consists of 16 Administrative Districts, inhabited by 17 major tribes along with other sub-tribes. Each tribe is distinct in character from the other in terms of customs, language and dress.

Land of festivals

Nagaland is known as the land of festivals. The State is replete with festivities throughout the year, as all tribes celebrate their own festivals with a pageantry of colour, music and dance. Most of these festivals revolve around agriculture, it being the main-stay of Naga society. Over 85 per cent of the population of Nagaland is directly dependent on agriculture.

As per Census 2011, the literacy rate for Nagaland is 79.55 per cent. The literacy rate for females and males are 76.11 per cent and 82.75 per cent respectively.

During the last decade, the literacy rate was only 66.6 per cent with female literacy rate of 61.5 per cent and male literacy rate of 71.2 per cent. The female literacy rate has increased by 14.61 per cent over the last decade.

Tourism in Nagaland

Nagaland is a tourist’s paradise due to its pleasant climate, green hills, criss-crossing rivers, interspersed lakes, vibrant culture, colourful handicrafts and weavings, and numerous festivals.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, included 24 villages in Nagaland under the rural tourism scheme in order to promote traditional rural art, craft, textile and culture.

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