This is great! India has a National Giving Week and everyone can participate! No travel required, just small gives each day from October 2 to 8, 2018 to celebrate India’s giving week DaanUtsav.
Started in 2009, DaanUtsav is India’s national answer to giving back to increase happiness and well being. Sound familiar doesn’t it! Considering all of our members are giving every day through out the year, we thought it would be great to support this giving week. Use the hashtag #DaanUtsav and post your gives online. This original festival was called Joy of Giving Week but the name was changed to a Hindu name to appeal to the vast majority of people participating in India.
This giving week is bringing joy to India with small gives, not big donations being the focus. In 2016, millions of people participated in more than 1,500 events across 200 cities in India. Funds, food and volunteer hours were donated throughout the week. It has become one of India’s largest festivals so why not join in at home.
The best way to support #DaanUtsav if you are living outside of India is to support their efforts through social media.
Tag them on any of these social media platforms Facebook (facebook.com/daanutsav), Twitter (@daanutsav), and Instagram (@daanutsav) or see how you can participate in their social media campaign.
How fun is this. Your give can be sharing the happy dot at school during India’s giving week Daan Ustav, on the street or at work. Showing others your happy dot bring a smile to their face in flash. Then they just might ask you what it means, which helps you spread the word! That is a great give for the day!
Do Something That Shows You Have a Big Heart
The whole idea behind DaanUtsav is to show your heart is big! Daan Utsav stories demonstrate that giving is simply a question of how big your heart is rather than the size of your pocket/wallet. Even those who would be considered economically disadvantaged in India— autorickshaw drivers, domestic help, building security staff — participate in this Festival and find joy in giving.
So are you in? Mark October 2 to 8, 2018 on your calendar and use our suggestions above for this week of giving! It just might inspire more of your friends to start giving every day, one small, simple give to bring more joy into the world.