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Arbor Day history

Category: Holidays in America - Date: (20-02-2012, 01:51)
Arbor Day history

Arbor Day dates:

Arbor Day 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arbor Day 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013

Arbor Day 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Arbor Day 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Arbor Day information

      One of the first organizers of Arbor Day in the United States of America is believed to be J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, subsequently holding the position of Secretary of Agriculture. It is said that he borrowed and developed the custom from the tribe of the Aztecs who planted trees on the day when their children were born.

      In 1874, on the first Arbor Day, initiated by J. Sterling Morton more than 12 million trees were planted in Nebraska. After two decades, some 350 million seedlings were already growing there.

      Later, Arbor Day extended to the neighboring states of Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Ohio, eventually embracing the whole country.The Tree Protective Association was organized for students. Special spring holidays were launched for public schools. At first they were arranged on different days, and then the last Friday of April was chosen for the annual celebration.

Arbor Day celebration

      Gradually Arbor Day celebration is joined by various children's organizations, the New York Children’s Gardening and Houseplants Society. At Arbor Day its activists distribute seedlings of flowers among schoolchildren, and then award those who managed to grow the best flowers.

      The purpose of the holiday is promoting tree planting, afforesting woodless areas and decorating their homes. You can mark Arbor Day by planting a tree.

      By the early 20th century, Arbor Day is actively marked in European countries, India, China, Korea, etc.

      Up to now, this holiday is marked by some on the last Friday of April, while others celebrate it as Earth Day on John Morton’s birthday, April 22.

      Interesting fact: The Foundation for Arbor Day conducted online poll in the United States about what tree should be recognized as the national tree. The trees, that had already been declared "national" in almost 50 states of the country, were put forward for the contest. It was won by the oak - a symbol tree of six states and the District of Columbia, where the capital of the country, Washington, is located.

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