Day of Trees is observed in Colombia on April 29 every year, and Colombians celebrate the holiday by planting trees. Celebrated as Arbor Day in countries around the world, this tradition stretches back hundreds of years, to 1594, in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo. This village was the site of the first documented arbor plantation festival in history.
History of Day of Trees
The first instance of the modern tradition of Arbor Day also happened in Spain, in the small village of Villanueva de la Sierra, in 1805. This initially Spanish tradition soon began spreading across the globe. The first Arbor Day in the United States, for example, was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 10, 1872, during an annual meeting of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture. On that very day, more than a million trees were planted in the state. Arbor Day soon spread to such other countries as Japan, Canada, Australia, and Colombia.
Celebrated rather as Day of Trees in Colombia, this holiday is special to Colombians because of the country’s acute environmental issues. More than 50 countries across the globe now celebrate Arbor Day, with a mission to combat deforestation and the resulting climate change.
The Arbor Day Foundation has organized and helped streamline, improve, and encourage the observance of Arbor Day for more than half a century now. Formed in 1972, the A.D.F. works year-round to help the mission of planting trees across the world: it has collaborated with organizations to help maintain biodiversity in cities, counter deforestation, and help damaged trees recover. Individuals, communities, and organizations looking to further this cause can join the A.D.F. in its mission through its membership programs, fundraisers, and community tree recovery plans. The option to donate to the organization is available year-round, not just on or around Arbor Day.
Day of Trees timeline
The first arbor plantation festival in recorded history is celebrated in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo
The first modern Arbor Day is celebrated in Spain.
Arbor Day is celebrated in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The A.D.F. is founded.
Day of Trees FAQs
What does “arbor” mean in Arbor Day?
“Arbor” translates as “tree.”
Is Arbor Day the same as Earth Day?
No, they are two different holidays with two different purposes.
Which country celebrated the first Arbor Day?
Spain celebrated the first Arbor Day.
How to Observe Day of Trees
Plant a tree
The core purpose of this holiday is to encourage people to plant trees. What better way to celebrate than to plant a seed or a sapling?
Read about the history of Arbor Day
Arbor Day has a fascinating history, going as far back as the late 16th century. Spend a portion of your day immersed in it.
Donate to the A.D.F.
If you can, donate to the Arbor Day Foundation to help further its cause. Funds donated to the A.D.F. are invested in various tree-planting efforts.
5 Fascinating Facts About Trees
The longest lifespan in living organisms
Trees don’t die of old age.
There are “moon trees,” which are trees grown from seeds that were taken to the moon and back.
How trees grow
Trees grow from the top.
When insects attack
Trees can communicate and defend themselves against attacking insects.
A tree with no wood
A banana tree is generally the only tree that has no wood.
Why Day of Trees is Important
It promotes tree planting
Trees are essential to our planet’s biodiversity. Day of Trees is therefore essential to the conservation of biodiversity.
It brings attention to problems caused by deforestation
Day of Trees highlights the adverse effects of deforestation. The more people become aware of the dangers of deforestation, the lesser they will engage in it.
It promotes community action
Regardless of how resolute a single individual is, community action makes for a greater impact. This is especially true for tree planting.
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