World Honey Bee Day is observed annually, and it falls on August 18 this year. The day is being celebrated as a form of honouring the honey bees and the beekeepers. Honey Bee Day celebration will also bring awareness among the people through education and provides the importance and contributions of honey bees to the environment. Celebrating this World Honey Bee Day is worthy as it brings in some form of awareness amongst the people about the need for bees.
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Maurice Maeterlinck
History of World Honey Bee Day
The World Honey Bee Day was first originated as an event in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers. The day was initially named as National Honey Bee Day, but it later earned more sense and became a worldwide celebration as bees matter so much from all over the world. It was formally called as National Honey Bee Awareness Day which started as an awareness day by the beekeepers in the United States. The main motto of celebrating this day is to build community awareness of the bee industry to the public through education and promotion. The sustainable development goals and climate change had made bees, and other pollinators get unnoticed. The beekeepers who petitioned for celebrating this day as an honour for honey bees and beekeeping had obtained a formal proclamation by the USDA. Later in 2010, Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc. a non-profit organization was established that better facilitated and encouraged the awareness and celebration. The original date of observation was the fourth Saturday of August but later settled on the third Saturday of August. On this day, the Honey Bee awareness enthusiasts will put a bee in your bonnet as to promote their engagement in the field of agriculture, since bees and other such pollinators contribute one-third of all food produced globally. Also, the honey bee lovers will even decorate their gardens as a form to attract the bees.
Other Celebrations on August 17
August 17 is also celebrated as
- National Vanilla Custard Day
- Thrift Shop Day
- Black Cat Appreciation Day
- Break the Monotony Day
- International Geocaching Day
- International Homeless Animal’s Day
How to Celebrate World Honey Bee Day
Celebrating World Honey Bee Day is quite simple as you can learn about bees and beekeeping by visiting the local bee house. Provide your support for the beekeepers by buying the local honey. You can even plant a bee-friendly garden such that pollination takes place which helps both the bees and farmers. Efficiently provide your support by indulging in any of the activities on the Honey Bee Day. Share information with your friends and family about the importance of honey bees. Post your World Honey Bee Day celebration pictures on the social media using the hashtag #WorldHoneyBeeDay or #HoneyBeeDay.