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National Forest Martyrs Day 2022, History and Significance

National Forest Martyrs Day 2022: September 11 is observed as National Forest Martyrs Day. National Forest Martyrs Day is observed to pay tribute to the people who sacrificed their lives to protect India’s forests, jungles, and wildlife. Forest rangers and workers work day and night to protect our forests, wildlife, national parks, animal sanctuaries, etc. Every year many forest workers and rangers lose their lives while working due to robbery, poaching, smuggling, terrorism, animal hunting, etc. National Forest Martyrs Day is marked to salute the forest workers who keep their lives at risk and work for the protection of the environment. In this article, we have discussed the History, and Significance of National Forest Martyrs Day 2022.

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National Forest Martyrs Day 2022: History

In 2013, the Ministry of Environment and Forest officially declared to observe National Forest Martyrs Day on the 11th of September. This particular day was chosen to celebrate as National Forest Martyrs Day because in 1730 the very known Khejarli massacre took place on this day. Maharaja Abhay Singh of Rajasthan required woods for his palace, therefore he ordered the soldiers of his kingdom to cut down the trees in Khejarli village. Khejarli is a village in Rajasthan where the people of the Bishnoi community regard the trees as sacred. People of the village were angry and protested on seeing the trees being cut. It is believed that while the trees were cut a woman named Amrita Devi placed her head in place of the tree. The incident turned out to be a tragedy that got written down in history as Khejarli Massacre. Many people sacrificed their lives to save the trees. The children of Amrita Devi along with more than 350 people were killed by the soldiers of Maharaja Abhay Singh. When the incident became more adverse than the King ordered his soldiers to stop killing the people. He pardoned the people of the Bishnoi Community and proclaimed that no trees will be cut down and not a single animal will be killed in the areas surrounded by the people of Bishnoi Community.

National Forest Martyrs Day 2022: Significance

National Forest Martyrs Day is commemorated to highlight the significance of trees. To lead a healthy life we need to protect the trees and conserve the forests. .Plants play a very crucial role in balancing the ecosystem. To make people realize the importance of forest workers and their key role in protecting the wildlife and environment awareness campaigns are scheduled on National Forest Martyrs Day. Events are organized by the educational institutions across India to create awareness among people regarding the protection of the environment.

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FAQs: National Forest Martyrs Day 2022

Q.1 When is National Forest Martyrs Day observed?

Ans. National Forest Martyrs Day is observed every year on the 11th of September.

Q.2 Who officially declared to celebrate National Forest Martyrs Day?

Ans. In 2013, Ministry of Environment and Forest officially declared to observe National Forest Martyrs Day.

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