Goa Statehood Day 2024: Celebrating May 30th - Know History, Significance, and More
Goa Statehood Day 2024: Celebrating May 30th - Know History, Significance, and More

Goa Statehood Day 2024: Date and History

Goa Statehood Day is celebrated annually on May 30th to commemorate the day when Goa was declared a separate state from Daman and Diu in 1987. This year, in 2024, the day falls on a Thursday.

History of Goa
Situated on the west coast of India, Goa is the smallest state by area and a popular tourist destination, renowned for its breathtaking beaches.

The history of Goa dates back to 1510 when Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered the region, defeating Adil Shah of Bijapur. For over 450 years, Goa remained a Portuguese colony until it was liberated by India in 1961. Initially, it was integrated as a union territory along with Daman and Diu in 1962. Later, in 1987, Goa was granted statehood, becoming the 25th state of the Indian Union.

Significance of Goa Statehood Day
Goa Statehood Day holds significant importance as it marks the official integration of Goa as a state into the Republic of India after centuries of Portuguese colonial rule. Panaji was designated as the capital of Goa, and Konkani was declared the official language.

The day is celebrated with various cultural events and festivities across the state to honor Goa’s rich heritage and the sacrifices made during the struggle for liberation from Portuguese rule. It is an occasion to showcase Goan culture, traditions, and history through music, dance, food, and art.

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