Since 2006, the United States celebrate the first Saturday of May as a national day of herbs or Herb Day – often: National Herb Day ). In 2021 this will be May 1st . Reason enough to include this botanical-culinary day of action in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world and to tell its story in this article. So why should we celebrate the colorful variety of herbs today?
Goal and intention: What is National Herb Day about?
Attentive readers of the curious holidays will surely be able to imagine the intention of this herbal action day. It is about creating public awareness of the benefits and possibilities that herbs and organic herbal products bring with them for nutrition and everyday use.
In terms of content, today’s action day is thematically related to the Herbs instead of Salt Day (More Herbs, Less Salt Day) on August 29th or the day of healthy eating on March 7th.
Who started National Herb Day?
In contrast to many other curious holidays from the United States, in the case of National Herb Day there is very specific information about its origin and background. But one after anonther.
The initiative for this herbal holiday dates back to the US HerbDay Coalition and the year 2006. This is a network of five non-profit groups that are committed to promoting and providing information on all aspects of herbs. In detail, these are the following groups:
- American Botanical Council,
- United Plant Savers,
- American Herbal Products Association,
- American Herbal Pharmacopoeia as well as the
- American Herbalists Guild.
When is Herbal Day celebrated in the United States?
As already indicated at the beginning, the Day of Herbs is a flexible date, which always falls on the first Saturday in May of the year. The first National Herb Day took place on October 14, 2006 and the initiators only introduced the flexible Saturday date in 2012.
A concrete reason for the choice of date is missing at this point, but that is not particularly dramatic in the present context. In the coming years, National Herb Day will fall on the following dates:
- 2019: Saturday 4th May
- 2020: Saturday May 2nd
- 2021: Saturday May 1st
- 2022: Saturday, May 7th
- 2023: Saturday May 6th
- 2024: Saturday May 4th
- 2025: Saturday 3rd May
- 2026: Saturday May 2nd
- 2027: Saturday May 1st
- 2028: Saturday May 6th
- 2029: Saturday, May 5th
- 2030: Saturday 4th May
Those of you who still need a mental donkey bridge can remember the US Herbal Day as a parallel event to the International Drone Day, which also always falls on the first Saturday in May.
With this in mind: Have a great National Herb Day to all of you.