Daan Utsav (earlier called the Joy of Giving Week) is the ‘festival of giving’, which is celebrated every year in India at a national level, commencing on Gandhi Jayanti – from October 2nd to October 8th. Launched in 2009, the festival aims to inspire all Indians across every state, city, region, class, community, religion and age to contribute to the society in any manner they choose to and celebrate the act of giving. Currently, there are more than 6 Million people across India celebrating the festival and evangelizing giving.
The festival brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate ‘giving’. From autorickshaw drivers to CEOs, school children to celebrities, homemakers to opinion leaders and media personnel, millions of people come together during this week to give their time, money, resources, or skills back to society. They do this by creating or participating in events of their choice. A giving event could be as simple as a family taking out their maid’s children for an ice-cream party, or as large as ‘Gift Compassion’. The latter is an event that has over 10,000 school children every year across India making and exchanging gifts with their peers from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
Over the past few years, millions participated in more than 1,100 events across 110 cities all over the country, by raising several tens of crores in money and resources donated, and giving millions of volunteer hours.
Request you to help us spread the word through shout outs and posts, encouraging the citizens of Pune to participate in this celebration and the festival of giving.