‘Van’ means forest and ‘Mahotsav’ means festival. ‘Van Mahotsav’ means festival of forests.
It is an annual tree planting movement in India which began in 1950. It has gained significant national importance over the years and every year millions of saplings of diverse species are planted across India in observation of ‘Van Mahotsav’ week. This festival is held between 1st -7th July usually.
This festival has gained popularity over the years and now people celebrate this by planting saplings and seedlings in offices, homes, schools and colleges.
This festival teaches the importance of growing trees as it is one of the best methods to limit global warming and diminish pollution.
In Calcutta Business School too we celebrated this festival on 14th July’18 with gusto and enthusiasm with active participation of faculty members, staff and students. Saplings of varied species of mango and other plants were planted and everyone took part in turns and gave a hand.
These saplings when they grow as trees will not only bear fruits but will but will give shade oxygen and in turn will make the campus more green, pollution free and beautiful.