Contribute some green by celebrating greenery day



The world is facing more increase in the climatic issues. Deforestation, pollution, urbanization, soil erosion, greenhouse effect, change in the seasons etc. are the few reasons for dropping the living quality.

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Greenery day as a national holiday in Japan, it is rooted from the celebration of the Emperor Shōwa’s birthday on April 29 every year till 1988.

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In 1989, the name of the holiday was changed from “Birthday of the Emperor” to “Greenery Day” at the time of Emperor Akihito. Officially, as its name suggests, it is a day to co-operate with nature and to be thankful for blessings.

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The day was renamed to “Greenery Day” to acknowledge the controversial wartime emperor’s love for plants without directly mentioning his name.

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In 2007, Greenery Day moved to May 4. Other than Japan, many cities or nations celebrate greenery day on the same day or on different days. People celebrate this by planting and sowing, taking care of plants, cleaning the forests etc.

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National Land Afforestation Promotion Organisation in Japan organizes different events include the Emperor’s greetings, the planting of a tree and the planting of seeds by The Emperor and Empress, memorial tree planting by participants from different places, and the presentation of awards.

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Different events can be held on this day like drawing competition, poster competition, quiz, photography events, exhibitions etc. On this day, you can arrange a small outing for your children in the presence of greenery.

Start planting greenery at your home, working area, and public places and Happy Greenery Day!

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