The April 25 is celebrated here in Germany since 1952 as The nationwide Tree Day in Germany. What this is all about and why we sometimes do not see the forest for the trees, this article tries to fathom from the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world. What is it about?
Who started Arbor Day?
However, the original initiative for its own Tree Day goes back almost 100 years and goes back to the American journalist and farmer Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902) and the year 1872. Morton had applied for an Arbor Day resolution to the local government of the US state Nebraska this year.
Morton’s request at the time: The then very tree-poor state should be reforested through the annual planting campaign. And with great success. Because on April 10, 1872, Nebraska citizens and farmers planted more than a million trees.
In the course of the following two decades, other US states jumped on this action and since then it has been an integral part of the North American framework calendar, which is based on Morton’s statement: “Arbor Day (…) is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future. “
Why does Arbor Day fall on April 25th in Germany?
While in the United States Arbor Day was celebrated in honor of Morton’s birthday for a long time on April 22nd and later on the last Friday in April, this day of honor for trees in Germany is firmly connected with today’s April 25th.
However, the decision for this day of action is also a little earlier for us. Because the day of the tree in its present form is based on a resolution of the United Nations of November 27, 1951 and was accordingly celebrated for the first time on April 25, 1952.
The reason for choosing the date was not so clear to me, but that does not mean anything or did not prevent the then Federal President Theodor Heuss from taking a maple tree in the forest together with the President of the German Forest Protection Association, Robert Lehr to plant Bonner Hofgarten (see also the contributions to the Netherlands of the trees (nl. National Boomfeestdag) on the third Wednesday in March and the International forest day (engl. International day of forests) on 21 March).
In this respect, we can state that there is no real content by reference to also committed today World Penguin Day, World Malaria Day, National Telephone Day, DNA Day, or National Zucchini Bread Day in the United States.
Since then, the day of the tree has been celebrated annually with a corresponding ceremony and tries to raise public awareness of the importance of the forest for people and the economy (see also the other articles from the calendar of holidays for flowers and plants ).