What is Indigenous Faith Day in Arunachal Pradesh?

You must have seen the state of Arunachal Pradesh recently in the movie ‘Bhediya’ and realized how beautiful this state is and how much greenery is there in the state. The immensely beautiful state celebrates Indigenous Faith Day every year on 1st December to preserve and promote all indigenous religions across the state. The day honors the unique identity of various tribal communities of the beautiful lush green North-East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and is celebrated to keep alive their traditions and customs.

The state is inhabited by the world’s largest ethnic tribal groups and more than a hundred subgroups and each tribe speaks its own language and dialect and the day aims to highlight this rich diversity.

The state is believed to have existed since the prehistoric days of Ramayana, Mahabharata and the historical characters of Lord Parashurama, King Bhishmak and Princess Rukmini are also from this region. It has several temples dating back to the 10th and 14th centuries, many of which have been well preserved.

The state has 82% forest cover and receives an annual average rainfall of over 118 inches. There are 26 major tribes and 100 sub-tribes living in the entire state. Neolithic tools dating back 11,000 years have been found in the state. It has the lowest population density in India at 13 persons per square kilometer.

The age-old customs, rituals and traditions of this beautiful state are fast disappearing due to rapid modernization and westernization. Many people are making serious efforts to revive and maintain their rich heritage.

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To mark the day each year, processions are held to raise awareness on the importance of preserving and recognizing the culture of indigenous faith, gatherings, prayer meetings and various cultural events.

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