It’s April and almost time for one of planet Earth’s favorite parties – Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a simple holiday in which we are encouraged to plant trees. In the U.S. it is celebrated nationally the last Friday in April, however, many states choose their own day to observe depending on the climate and most suitable planting season (Kentucky officially observes the day on the first Friday in April.).
The very first documented arbor plantation festival took place in the Spanish village of Mondonedo in 1594. The first American Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska on April 10th, 1872. The celebration is now observed across the world. Below are a few ways our neighbors honor the tree.
The down under folks devote more than a few days to their beloved trees. Their Arbor Day is in June and then National Tree Day is the last weekend of July. Arbor Week is also celebrated at various times throughout the year according to the region.
In addition to Arbor Day, Canada celebrates Maple Leaf Day the last Wednesday in September during National Forest Week.
Arbor Day is celebrated in China on March 12th. This date was chosen to commemorate the passing of Dr. Sun yat-sen, known as the father of modern China.
In Israel, it’s Tu Bishvat or Tu B’Shevat (New Year of the Trees) and it’s celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat
In Namibia, a National Tree of the Year is chosen and planted. It usually takes place the second Friday in October