“Greenery Day” falls on May 4th

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 5月 4, 2010 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Today May 4th is one of  the consecutive national public holidays in the Golden Week ,the “Greenery Day”(/みどりの日, Midori-no-hi). The Greenery Day  used to fall on April 29th 1989-2006, which had been the ” Emperor’s Birthday”(/天皇誕生日, Tenno Tanjyobi)  1927-1988 when Emperor Showa reigned. However, as I wrote here before,  April 29th has been re-designated as Showa Day, the Greenery Day was movedimages to May 4th and started being celebrated since 2007. 201005037

The Greenery Day is named  so in token of  Emperor Showa who was known as  a renown botanist as well.  Therefore,  the holiday is set  in order to ” become closer to nature, to appreciate it, and to nurture well-rounded character of the nation through those efforts ”  according to the National Holidays Law.  Actually,  on a  Greenery Day,  a lot of  greenery-related events,some of which are hosted by municipalities, some of which are held by private organizations, are implemented all over the country. For example, forums of  environmental issues, such as greenhouse gasses emissions, heat  island effect, and others are held to enhance the knowledge and awareness of citizens in those fields, some parks host green tours to teach names of plants to children and their parents, and  some associations host  events of planting memorial trees in gardens.

Green is also a symbol of peace, so those activities and movements are held to pray for eternal peace and happiness of people as well.

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