Shillong (Meghalaya), Nov 1: The foundation day of eight states and five union territories was celebrated at the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.
November 1 is the foundation day of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Delhi, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.
Raj Bhavan Meghalaya today witnessed a spectacular display of the rich cultural heritage of India as 8 states and 5 UTs celebrated their Foundation Day in a programme held at the Durbar Hall.
To mark the occasion a cultural evening was organized where the Governor of Meghalaya, Phagu Chauhan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The cultural evening witnessed enthusiastic performances showcasing the rich cultural traditions of the States and Union Territories.
Earlier in his welcome address, Dr. B D R Tiwari, IAS, Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor of Meghalaya, spoke at length about the uniqueness of each State and Union Territories and also pointed out the immense contributions made by them in the growth and progress of the nation.
In line with the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme of the Government of India, the Foundation Day of the of different states/UTs are celebrated in Raj Bhavans across the country in an effort to enhance interaction and promote mutual understanding between people.
The programme was organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Shillong in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya.