Friday, May 02, 2008

Arbor Day - Plant Trees, it's never late

Last Friday in was Arbor Day in US States which celebrate tree loving holiday. Btw, Did you know that April 11,1872 was the day when the State of Nebraska observed the first Arbor Day? Nebraska was once a treeless land in the heart of what was called 'the Great American Desert' and by 1992, almost one million trees were planted! The mission was accomplished with the devotion of Mr.& Mrs. J.Sterling Morton who spent their lives to filling the barren prairie with trees. Later on,the idea became popular and today, many nations around the world celebrate their own Arbor Day. In my country, trees are almost planted during the World Environment Day due to the monsoon season. But, interesting is a fact that trees have very significant meanings in India. Many trees are believed to be Sacred trees and as this month, according to Gujarati calendar is chaitra, (Chaitra month in April and also day of Gudi Padvo-Maharashtrian New year and cheti chand of sindhi community-Just gone a few days earlier) it is considered essential to worship Neem tree and eat its bitter leaves, mixed with pepper and sugar, as a safeguard from fever. It is believed that if we eat Neem leaves juice for seven to fifteen days, we will be free from any fever for the whole year!

Here is Activities, History and Tree Crafts for Children to celebrate Arbor Day in case you missed. You can find Sacred Trees info on Kidsfreesouls. Btw, someone did ask me on Tulsi tree - why the plant emit oxygen at night. There has been a lot of myth prevailing, however, as per Devi Bhagwad Purana, Vishnu had three wives: Saraswati, Laxmi and Ganga. Once Laxmi and Saraswati had a fight and Saraswati cursed Laxmi which turned her into a Tulsi plant. Later, her body was transformed into a river Gandki. Laxmi is said to have remained on earth and worshipped thereafter as her image. Tulsi plant has thus the pores that emit oxygen at night. If you know of any other reason, please email here.

- ilaxi patel

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