Chinese Customs, Traditions and Celebrations brought to you
by Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL
Since 1981, every March 12th, China celebrates “Arbor Day,” a public holiday. Every person, young and old, is encouraged to plant at least one tree on the day and extend their commitment to nature by planting at least four more trees during the year.
Over the last several years, the holiday has also turned to one of environmental awareness, given the high level of pollution and poor air quality evident in many large cities throughout China.
Arbor Day, sometimes also known as National Tree Planting Day, is celebrated throughout the world, typically on different days. The first ever recorded planting festival was held in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo in 1594, which continues through today. In the United States, National Arbor Day is officially celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. Julius Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in 1872. On the First Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska.
There is no question that trees are essential to our existence, since they produce oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Let’s continue in our global efforts to plant trees and restore balance to our environment.
Happy Arbor Day from Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Carol Stream, IL.