New Delhi: Netizens have taken to Twitter urging  Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare World Tribal Day as a national holiday in India.

Every year, August 9 is celebrated as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples or World Tribal Day. The date recognises the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.

Today, we give you some facts that you may not know about the tribal people of India.

1. The Bnei Menashe tribe, found in India's Manipur and Mizoram, are descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel

2. Instead of converting to other religions, these people converted back to the religion of their ancestors after rediscovering their roots

3. It is also reported that they have been  practicing Judaism for the last thirty years

4.The Jarawa people are one of the last surviving tribes in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Four years ago, the last speaker of the Bo tribe passed away

5.The Gaddi tribe is one of the very few tribes of India that live like gypsies

6. They travel with their flocks to higher pastures in the summer, leaving their villages for the season

7.The Khasi people, who reside in Meghalaya, might just have the solutions to the 21st century problems of sustainable development, global warming and pollution

8.The Bhil tribe is found mostly in the central and western parts of India

9. Till the early 20th century, the Bhil people served as warriors for the kings because of their impeccable knowledge of the terrain

10.The Ghoomar, which is a traditional folk dance of Rajasthan, was developed by the Bhil tribe