De Jure Transfer Day 2021

De Jure Transfer Day is a regional public holiday that is observed in Puducherry on 16 August of every year. On 16 August 1962, Puducherry merged with the Indian Union. As the day is observed right after Indian Independence Day, a two-day holiday is observed in Puducherry.

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16 August 2021 Monday Puducherry

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History of De Jure Transfer Day

Even though India got its independence on 15 August 1947, several parts of the country continued to be controlled by European countries. Some of them were Puducherry and Goa.

The Municipality of Pondicherry became a part of the French colony in 1674. French India was formed after Pondicherry joined Masulipatam, Karaikal, Yanam, Mahe, and Chandernagor. On 1 November 1954, French India territories were transferred to the Republic of India de facto.

On 16 August 1962, the existence of French India ceased and the French Parliament ratified the treaty that was signed by the Indian government and the French government. 1 November (de factor transfer was completed) is also a public holiday and is known as Liberation Day.

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