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ARBOR DAY

When is Arbor Day in 2023?

Arbor Day in 2023 is on the Sunday, 12th of Mar (3/12/2023).

Arbor Day is on the 71th day of 2023. There are 294 days left in the year.

Arbor Day Facts

  • Date: Mar 12, 2023
  • National
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  • Celebrations: Plant Trees
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Arbor Day originated in Nebraska, United States, in 1872 as a day observed for planting of trees. This day derives its name from the word "Arbor" in Latin which means "Tree". The popularity of the day soon caught the fancy of the world, and the day began to be celebrated on different days under different names in various parts of the world. It was in 1927 that the Republic of China began celebrating this day as a holiday while the People's Republic of China began celebrating this day in 1981. Arbor Day is celebrated in China on March 12 every year.

It was in 1914 that agricultural college's founder in Nanking University sent to the suggestion to the relevant ministries in Republic of China to emulate the US and celebrate this day. However, the proposal was not taken seriously then and was rejected. After the death of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who was known to promote forestation actively, the Agriculture Ministry of the Republic of China purported March 12 to be celebrated as Arbor Day in the memory of Dr. Sun.

It was only in 1981 that Mainland China adopted this day. It was done after a major campaign to plant trees in the country was mooted by the authorities. Under the idea, it was suggested that everyone capable of labor should plant at least 2-3 trees every year. The day is a public holiday in China and people plant trees on this day. The people of China celebrate this day by planting trees in their home gardens or by the roadside.

Various non-profit organizations also launch massive tree planting programs on this day, which is often attended by school and college students. Of late, given the special focus on environment and pollution, the young population of China can be seen celebrating the day with great passion as they plant trees across various parts of the country. Some cities in China also have their own local Arbor Day or Arbor week in order to plant trees specific to their climate and soil.

Various renditions of the Arbor Day are celebrated around the world like the "Van Mahotsava" in India, the "National Tree Planting Day" in Australia and Iran, "Maple Leaf Day" in Canada etc. The day is also celebrated in Egypt, Germany, Japan and many other parts of the world, albeit on different dates.

Arbor Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Mar 12, 2009
  • Arbor Day
  • Fri
  • Mar 12, 2010
  • Arbor Day
  • Sat
  • Mar 12, 2011
  • Arbor Day
  • Mon
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • Arbor Day
  • Tue
  • Mar 12, 2013
  • Wed
  • Mar 12, 2014
  • Thu
  • Mar 12, 2015
  • Sat
  • Mar 12, 2016
  • Sun
  • Mar 12, 2017
  • Mon
  • Mar 12, 2018
  • Tue
  • Mar 12, 2019
  • Thu
  • Mar 12, 2020
  • Fri
  • Mar 12, 2021
  • Sat
  • Mar 12, 2022

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 31, 2022Jan 31Spring Festival Eve
TuesdayTueFeb 01, 2022Feb 01Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 03, 2022Feb 03Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriFeb 04, 2022Feb 04Spring Festival Holiday
SaturdaySatFeb 05, 2022Feb 05Spring Festival Holiday
SundaySunFeb 06, 2022Feb 06Spring Festival Holiday
TuesdayTueMar 08, 2022Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 12, 2022Mar 12Arbor Day
TuesdayTueApr 05, 2022Apr 05Qingming Festival
SundaySunMay 01, 2022May 01Labor Day
WednesdayWedMay 04, 2022May 04National Youth Day
WednesdayWedJun 01, 2022Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
FridayFriJun 03, 2022Jun 03Dragon Boat Festival
FridayFriJul 01, 2022Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
MondayMonAug 01, 2022Aug 01Liberation Army Day
SaturdaySatSep 10, 2022Sep 10Mid-Autumn Festival
SaturdaySatOct 01, 2022Oct 01National Day
SundaySunOct 02, 2022Oct 02National Day Holiday
MondayMonOct 03, 2022Oct 03National Day Holiday
TuesdayTueOct 04, 2022Oct 04National Day Holiday
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05National Day Holiday
ThursdayThuOct 06, 2022Oct 06National Day Holiday
FridayFriOct 07, 2022Oct 07National Day Holiday
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day