Sikkim celebrates 45th State Day

On May 16, 2020, the Sikkim Government celebrates its 45th Statehood Day. Every year Sikkim celebrates its State Day in May 16 as the state came into existence on this day in 1975.

History

After India became independent in 1947, Sikkim continued to enjoy the protectorate status with the republic of India. However, in 1973, anti-royalist riots occurred in the state. The monarch was eventually deposed in 1975. A referendum led to the state joining India.

Sikkim was the 22nd state to join Union of India. Sikkim borders three countries namely China, Bhutan and Nepal.

About Sikkim

About 35% of the state is covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park. The official languages of Sikkim include Nepali, English, Sikkimese and Lepcha.

In 2016, Sikkim became the first fully organic state in the India and also in the world. The initiative to achieve this began in 2003.

Symbols of Sikkim

The state has special emblem. The State Animal of Sikkim is Red Panda, state bird is Blood Pheasant, state flower is Noble dendrobium and state tree is Rhododendron.

Can States have separate Emblems?

The Constitution does not restrict the use of separate symbols. Every state has its own emblems. There are certain laws that make sure the symbols are honoured and not defamed.

These acts are Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 and Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

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