Van Mahotsav: Things to Know about this Unique Festival. In India, Van Mahotsav is celebrated in the first week of July every year. In the festival, trees are planted across the Nation.
Van Mahotsav is also known as Forest Festival & the festival is an annual celebration of the plantation of trees in India.
In most parts of India, the monsoon arrives in the first week of July, so the time is considered as the right time for planting trees in most parts of India.
The festival was first observed in the year 1947. It was organized by Punjabi botanist MS Randhawa from 20 to 27 July 1947. The first event of Van Mahotsav on 20 July 1947 was inaugurated by Khurshid Ahmad Khan. He was the commissioner of Delhi, he planted Bauhinia saplings.
This amazing festival dedicated to mother nature became a national activity in 1950 by the Minister of Food and Agriculture Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi. The festival was moved to the first week of July and renamed Van Mahotsav in 1950.
The festival of forests aims to encourage people to plant more and more trees, participate in saplings distribution campaigns and create more forests in the country. More trees, more the production of food resources and shade for cattle, reduce drought, help to prevent soil erosion and an endless list of help to humankind.
Van Mahotsav Quotes
“The best time to plant a tree was 30 years ago and the second-best time is now.”
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because once upon a time someone planted a tree”
“Trees are poetries that the earth writes upon the sky.”
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.”
“After Mother & Father, trees are the only living being who doesn’t ask a reason to give you shades”