Vanamahotsava is the festival of life.

It was started in India, as a campaign to save mother earth The name Vanamahotsava (the festival of trees) originated in July 1947 after a successful tree-planting drive was undertaken in Delhi, in which national leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Rajendra Prasad and Abdul Kalam Azad participated. The week was simultaneously celebrated in a number of states. Since then, lakhs of saplings of different species were planted with active involvement of agencies like the forest department. The concept of this great festival for the nature lovers was first initiated by (Late) K.M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Food & Agriculture in the year 1950. It was the vision and wisdom of this great leader that the issue of environmental degradation, unless timely action is taken to prevent & restore, it may go beyond human control & threaten the survival of any living organisms on this earth planet. Gujarat was the first state to implement it. However, it was only in the 1970s that greater impetus was given to the conservation of India's forests and wildlife. India was one of the first countries in the world to have introduced a social forestry programme to introduce trees in non-forested areas along road sides, canals, and railway lines People celebrate vanamahotsava by planting trees in schools, offices, colleges, homes etc. Awareness programmes are also held at different levels. Novel programmes like free distribution of tress are also taken up

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