Vanamahotsava is a great festival of forests and tree planting. It can be literally translated as great festival of forests. The great festival of forests implies forest conservation, and even in 1950s, forest conservation meant planting lots and lots of trees. So now, it is known as festival of trees. It is similar to the Arbor Day of US and Australia, Greening Week of Japan, Tree Loving Week of Korea, New Years Day of Trees of Israel and so on. They are celebrated in many parts of the world, may be on different days due to climatic differences.
In India Vanamahotsava is a weeklong festival being celebrated all over the country in the First week of July every year with message to plant more trees to create forests? It is a festival which each one of us can take part or celebrate. We can be a part of a larger celebration or can initiate a celebration anywhere. It does not require elaborate arrangement to observe this day. Tree seedlings are distributed free of cost for this auspicious occasion. What is this great festival of trees, one may wonder.
Jawaharlal NeVanamahotsava is to be celebrated from July 1 to 7. It is celebrated in July because; July is special month for trees and tree planting. Anything we plant during July grows. It is so for other crops too. In first week of July, monsoon is there all over the country and the festival can be celebrated in all parts of the country. So, the plan should be to plant as many seedlings as one can during this period. hru said, “is a special occasion of which we should take advantage by planting large number of trees”.
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The importance of trees has bThe concept of Vanamahotsava is known to have been first initiated by (Late) Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, the then Union Minister for Food & Agriculture in the year 1950, because official and regular celebration started in that year. But it appears that the idea had already been conceptualised alongwith freedom movement and independence, because in July, 1947 a mass tree planting drive was conducted in Delhi in which the national leaders of those days all took part. It was also called Vana Mahotsava.
But, it is beyond doubt that it was this great leader who took forward this movement and popularised it, and since then it is celebrated all over the country. He was a great politician and environmentalist and a great writer too. The relevance of festivals like Vanamahotsava is increasing by the day. It was the vision and wisdom of this great leader that the issue of environmental degradation was made a national concern knowing well that unless timely action was taken to prevent & restore, it might go beyond human control & would threaten the survival of any living organisms on this earth planet.
While survival & development of human being is important, it is also equally important to preserve the nature which is the only source of oxygen and other essentials required for our living. We have to leave nature to nature, by offsetting the pressure on natural forests to plantation forests. By planting more trees, we can save our natural forests, which are essential for our survival. een understood by many, and hence celebrations are observed in many countries under different names.