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Green Celebrations Around the World

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Green holidays are not just in the United States. People all over the world celebrate green holidays much like those we have in the United States.


Homowo (Hoot at Trees) Festival- Ghana

Homowo is celebrated in the month of May. The festival is held to welcome the planting of crops before the rainy season and to honor those who ­­­­­­died in a famine many years ago. Celebrations include marches, parades, singing, dancing, and drumming.

 

Van Mahotsav- India

Van Mahotsav is celebrated in the first week of July, people across India plant tree seedlings on this day.

 

Tu B'Shevat (New Year of the Trees) - Israel

Tu B'Shevat occurs in January or February annually. Tree planting occurs at schools, homes, and synagogues beginning at sundown and ending at nightfall on the following day. Traditionally, fruit is not eaten off of these trees was four years old. Meals of fruits from ancient times are often eaten on this day in celebration.

 

Midori no Hi (Greenery Day) - Japan

Greenery Day is celebrated on May 4th in Japan and gives people a chance to be thankful for the natural envionment and to take time to spend time outdoors.

 

Tree Day Plant Your Future- Republic of Macedonia

Tree Day is held in Macedonia to encourage planting in the country due to recent wildfires destroying many of the country’s forests. School and work are cancelled on this day and one tree is planted for every citizen in the country.

 

National Tree Week- United Kingdom

Events are held in late November, and early December during National Tree Week in the UK in order to promote planting and positive treatment of nature.

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