The northeastern states of India are known for their mixture of unique cultures, societal values and the majestic creations of Mother Nature. The states together are known as 'The Seven Sister States', given the fact that all of them are very closely knit with each other, and each of them is home to something special.
These beautiful states, have something unique to each of them and one would come across volumes of narrations about nature's bounty here along with their multihued culture. There are some secrets which are meant to be kept under the wraps and some to be opened out, well prepare yourself to know more about the beautiful northeastern states through some secrets.
1. Did You Know That Assam Is Home To The World's Largest Weaving Village?
Yes, Assam is not only know for its tea plantations but much more. A village named Sualkuchi, is considered to be the largest weaving village in the entire world. Every household in this village is engaged in the weaving of silk fabric, which is known as Muga and is considered as the golden silk of Assam.
The village is, hence, known as the Manchester of Assam and at present, the village of Sualkuchi is the centre of silk production which holds a very high market value.
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2. Do You Know About A Village Which Belongs To One Tribe And Two Countries?
The village of Longwa in Nagaland finds its place in a very unique territory. The International Border shared between India and Myanmar passes right through the village chief's home. Half of his house is in India and the other half in Myanmar; the village itself lies in two countries. However, the residents do not require a visa to move around and hold dual citizenship.
3. Ever Heard Of A State Which Has 17 Tribes And 36 Languages?
And the state which is home to this melting pot of features is Nagaland. With 17 different tribes, the state is home to a large variety of cultures and celebrates large number festivals; one amongst these festivals is the much-famed Hornbill Festival which takes place every year in the month of December and is considered as the Festival of Festivals.
4. Home To The Cleanest Village Of Asia
The village of Mawlynnong is known as the cleanest village of Asia and is located at a distance of about 100 km from Shillong. Although this is an open secret, another interesting factor is that the village has about 95 families living here and holds a 100% literacy rate which makes it a shining example to the entire country.
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5. Abode Of The Largest Matrilineal Society
Meghalaya is not only known as the abode of clouds but also as the abode of the largest matrilineal society; credit for this goes to members of the Khasi community. Here the women hold the keys to managing a family, the rights of inheriting the property from her parents and has the right to seek a divorce from marriage. This small hilly tribe truly stands out due to its social structure.
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6. Imphal's Mother's Market
The Mother's Market or Ima Keithel in Imphal has been successfully run by over 3500 women who gather here to sell various products starting from food, utensils, clothes, etc. The market has been successfully making business for 100 odd years and continues to stand by its legacy.