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ARBOR DAY

When is Arbor Day in 2019?

Arbor Day in 2019 is on the Tuesday, 12th of Mar (3/12/2019).

Arbor Day is on the 71th day of 2019. There are 294 days left in the year.

Arbor Day Facts

  • Date: Mar 12, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called:
  • 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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonFeb 04, 2019Feb 04Spring Festival Eve
TuesdayTueFeb 05, 2019Feb 05Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 06, 2019Feb 06Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 07, 2019Feb 07Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriFeb 08, 2019Feb 08Spring Festival Holiday
SaturdaySatFeb 09, 2019Feb 09Spring Festival Holiday
SundaySunFeb 10, 2019Feb 10Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 12, 2019Mar 12Arbor Day
FridayFriApr 05, 2019Apr 05Qingming Festival
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatMay 04, 2019May 04National Youth Day
SaturdaySatJun 01, 2019Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
FridayFriJun 07, 2019Jun 07Dragon Boat Festival
MondayMonJul 01, 2019Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
ThursdayThuAug 01, 2019Aug 01Liberation Army Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13Mid-Autumn Festival
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01National Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02National Day Holiday
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03National Day Holiday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day