Know your history | Here’s a brief guide into significance of Sikkim Statehood Day
GANGTOK | MAY 16, 2020:
Like every year, Sikkim celebrated its 45th State Day on May 16, on this day in the year 1975, Sikkim officially attained the status of its statehood under the union of India.
The Lepchas which means 'Children of God' were the earliest inhabitants of this region. They are an indigenous group of people also residing in Bhutan, Tibet, parts of Nepal and hills of West Bengal. A Buddhist guru had foretold about arrival of the monarchy in Sikkim.
As per legends, a fifth-generation descendant of Khye Bumsa, Phuntsog Namgyal, became the founder of Sikkim's monarchy in 1642. In 1700, it was invaded by the Bhutanese who were driven away by Tibetans. In 1791, China had sent troops to defend Tibet from Gorkha kingdom. After defeat of Gorkha, the Qing dynasty took over.