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Van mahotsav is an annual tree planting movement in India which initially began in 1950. The name Van mahotsav means the festival of trees. It has gained significant importance every year. Millions of saplings are planted across India in observation of van mahotsav.

Van mahotsav festival was started in 1950 by Dr K M Munshi , then the Union minister for Agriculture and  Food to create enthusiasm among masses for forest conservation and planting trees. It is celebrated in almost all parts of India, but usually begins between 1st July to 7th July.

The festival raises the awareness of trees among people and highlights the need for planting and tending trees as one of the best ways to prevent global warming and reduce pollution.


Pramitha V D’Souza


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