Arbor Day is gaining new significance in the present environmental scenario

April 26th, 2009 - 1:41 am ICT by GD  

With global environmental crisis becoming a palpable reality, celebration of Arbor Day takes up new significance. The concept of Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City and this special day is celebrated by encouraging people to plant trees. Nowadays there are many countries that have started celebrating the day and some even declare it as state holiday.

In the United States of America, Arbor Day is declared as the national holiday and it is observed on the last Friday of April. Most will be surprised to know that the celebration of the first Arbor Day dates back to April 10, 1872, when about a million trees were planted. It is customary to plant atleast one tee on this special occasion and make this world a better place to live in.

J. Sterling Morton was the founder of this day and his simple idea of having a special day for planting trees has gained renewed significance in the contemporary world. Arbor Day can be celebrated by getting into groups and indulge in nature friendly activities like planting trees, tending street plants, cleaning the parks and other small activities which will be both fun and responsible.

In reality Arbor Day is all about going green and planting more trees. There are different nations like Australia, Belgium, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kenya, México, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Venezuela and many more who celebrate Arbor Day in their own special way on different dates.

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