Arbor Day, or Tree Planting Day, commemorates the passing of the nationalist leader Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1925. It’s a holiday that brings equal attention to China’s forestation projects and dismal environmental record.
Mark Your Calendars
Arbor Day 2017 is March 12, 2017. It takes place every year on March 12.
Here’s a simple guide to the holiday that commemorates China’s greening campaign.
China established Arbor Day in 1981 in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a promoter of forestation projects until his death on March 12, 1925. The holiday’s original resolution actually mandated that able-bodied adults plant 3-5 trees per year. Practically speaking, however, Arbor Day has yet to become the state-led mobilization of tree planting that perhaps was originally envisioned.
Arbor Day Traditions
There’s no specific recognition of China’s Arbor Day outside of China. As would be familiar during similar holidays around the world, Arbor Day is celebrated with tree planting outings by individuals, companies and community organizations. In recent years, non-profits and government agencies have used Arbor Day as a platform to raise awareness of China’s environmental problems.
When is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day takes place every year on March 12. There is no time off granted for Arbor Day.
Arbor Day dates through 2026 are below.
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