Statehood Day of Goa: 30th May:
On the Statehood Day of Goa (30th May), the Prime Minister greeted the people of the state.
- Goa is located on the southwestern coast of India within the region known as the Konkan and geographically separated from the Deccan highlands by the Western Ghats.
- Capital: Panji.
- Official Language: Konkani is one of the 22 languages from the Eight Schedule.
- It is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast.
- As India gained independence on 15th August 1947, it requested the Portuguese to cede their territories. However, the Portuguese refused.
- In 1961, the Indian Government launched Operation Vijay and annexed Daman and Diu islands and Goa with the Indian mainland.
- Goa Liberation Day is observed on 19th December every year in India.
- It can be noted that the Portuguese were the first Europeans to come to India (1498) and were also the last to leave this land (1961).
- On 30th May 1987, the territory was split and Goa was formed. Daman and Diu remained Union Territory.