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    This Indian State doesn’t celebrate Independence Day on 15th August

    You’d be surprised to know that this state is none other than our favorite holiday destination, Goa. As the entire country immerses itself in sheer patriotism on 15th August, Goa for some reason is left out.


    Why does this happen?


    Goa did not become independent from colonial rule that day. The Goa Liberation Day is celebrated on December 19 every year instead. Unlike the majority of the Indian subcontinent, Goa was never ruled by a British colony. It was ruled by the Portuguese instead.


    So even after the British left India, Goa continued to be ruled by Portugal till 1961. In 1510, Goa became a Portuguese colony and for the next 450 years, it was under their rule.


    For the same reason, Goa is now highly visited by tourists for its beautiful Portuguese architecture which remains a living reminder of centuries of colonization.


    Today, Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states and India’s National Commission of Population rated it as having the best quality of life in India.

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