Look at your calendar and count the festivals that are on your way! One festival that is round the corner among Durga Pujo, Dessureha, Diwali, Christmas and many other big and small festivals is Daan Utsav 2019. A festival of giving that India celebrates every year from October 2-8 to spread the joy in the lives of others. What started with a handful of volunteers has now become a national event. According to Bhumi, in 2018, over 60 lakh people across 200 cities participated in Daan Utsav by doing acts of giving.
Do you know what’s great about it? It leaves you 10 times happier than the person for whom you do an act of kindness. Check out the Daan Utsav 2019 events in your city and join the happy ride this Joy of Giving Week.
#Event1: Challenge Yourself with GiveIndia’s #HaftaChalenge
Daan Utsav is a festival of giving. It is a week to celebrate happiness with others by doing something kind and meaningful. To spread happiness, every year GiveIndia comes up with 7 acts of kindness. To make it super fun and exciting it challenges people to perform these 7 kindness gestures and call the event as #HaftaChallenge. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to read the kindness stories of #HaftaChallenge from people across India.and receive one kindness challenge every day in your inbox. Take the challenges and share your kindness stories on social media with #HaftaChallenge and @giveindia. To celebrate it with Give’s community, do follow GiveIndia’s
#Event2: Gift A Nature A Breath of Fresh Air with Bhumi
This Daan Utsav, Bhumi has prepared itself to take the joy to the entire country. It is driving 2 large volunteers driven campaigns and many city-specific events between Oct 2-8, 2019.
- Campaign 1 – Bhumi is organizing the countrywide cleanup activities on October 2 in partnership with TikTok. On the day of Bapu’s birthday, who was a strong advocate of cleanliness, Bhumi is encouraging the entire nation to come together and clean their cities by plogging, (picking up the litter while jogging)
- Campaign 2 – You can also join Bhumi on October 6th to make seed balls. It is organizing an event, to make 10 lakh seed balls with the help of 25,000 volunteers in 50 cities
Pledge to do something for your environment this Joy of Giving Week and join the celebrations with Bhumi here.
#Event3: Listen to Your Heart with Goonj
Celebrating 150 years of Gandhiji’s life who said, “My life is My Message” and “Be the Change you want to see in the world”, Goonj is calling out to the nation with a message ‘Dil ki Suno, Kuch Karo’ (Listen to Your Heart, Do Something).
Through its collection camps across the cities, Goonj is reaching out to the people across India. It is also organizing several Volunteer Meets in different cities to plan this 11th Daan Utsav, as an event of compassion and empathy. Register here to get updates about the meetings in the below cities.
East Zone: Kolkata
North Zone: Jaipur, Shimla, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Delhi, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Dehradun, Rishikesh,
West Zone: Goa, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai,
South Zone: Kochi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai,
Central Zone: Indore
#Event4: Paint Bhubaneswar with Bakul Foundation
On October 2, Bakul Foundation and BMC are organizing a Public Art event mobilizing citizens of Bhubaneswar to participate in painting a public wall to celebrate the 11 years of Daan Utsav. Who can participate? Anyone! If you are in Bhubaneswar on Oct 2, put on your old clothes, take your new pair of painting brushes and paint the city in the color of happiness. Take your gang along because it is allowing people to register as groups.
A lot of events are in the pipeline. Explore more Daan Utsav 2019 events in your city to celebrate this Joy of Giving Week. If you still ask why you should participate in Daan Utsav, then here’s the deal. This Joy of Giving Week, be kind to a stranger for no apparent reason and get assured happiness for the days to come. Ah well…you might just get lucky to get the blessings of a stranger for life.
Rhythm is Senior Associate – Social Media and Content Marketing at GiveIndia. She believes in the power of humanity and wants to do her bit in making this world a happy place to be at.