Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life.
For many years, Arbor Day was celebrated on April 22, J. Sterling Morton’s birthday. Today, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. All fifty states, Puerto Rico, and some U.S. territories have passed legislation adopting Arbor Day, which is celebrated on a date appropriate for tree planting in their region. Visit arborday.org to learn when Arbor Day is celebrated in your state
Throughout the world, people of all ages are planting trees, caring for them and learning their value.
• In the United States, this tree planting festival is called Arbor Day.
• In Israel, it is called the New Year’s Day of the Trees.
• Korea has a Tree-Loving Week.
• Iceland has a Student’s Afforestation Day.
• Yugoslavia holds an Arbor Day in the spring and an Afforestation Day in the fall.
• India celebrates a National Festival of Tree Planting.