Van Mahotsava means “Tree Festival”. This tree planting festival is observed annually, over a period of week starting from 1st July to 7th July. Van Mahotsava was started in 1950 by K.M. Munshi, the then Union Minster for Agriculture and Food to create enthusiasm among masses for forest conservation and planting trees.
In its original aim, every citizen of India is expected to plant a sapling during the Van Mahotsav Week. Also, awareness campaigns about benefits and protection of trees and the harm caused by cutting down of trees are held. It is the festival of life. The 'Van Mahotsava' festival of trees is a beautiful initiative to save the environment, to which we owe a lot. State Governments and civic bodies supply saplings to schools, colleges and academic institutions, NGOs and welfare organizations for planting trees. Let us join hands and save mother earth by doing this small contribution.