“I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read, and receive my company.” —Thomas Jefferson

Arbor Day Around The World

Arbor Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. Here are some highlights:

In Australia, Arbor Day is in June, with the National Tree Day falling on the last weekend in July. Arbor Week falls at different times around Australia:

  • Western Australia—June
  • Northern Territory—Nov
  • Queensland—May
  • South Australia—June
  • New South Wales—July
  • Victoria—May
  • Australian Capitol Territory—Sept
  • Tasmania—Oct

In Brazil, Arbor Day is September 21. Dia dos Arvores used to be held on June 7th, but was moved to September 21st to coincide with the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. In Araras, Sao Paulo, it has been continuously celebrated since the first Festa das 'Arvores on June 7, 1902.

IndiaBarbados has National Arbor Day as an annual event on September 22.

Bulgaria's National Forest Day is celebrated during the first week of April.

In Canada, Maple Leaf Day falls on the last Wednesday in September during National Forest Week. Some provinces celebrate their own Arbor Day:

  • Ontario has Arbor Week from the last Friday in April to the first Sunday in May.
  • Nova Scotia celebrates Arbor Day on the Thursday during National Forest Week, which is the first full week in May.

China celebrates Arbor Day or Tree Planting Day as a public holiday on March 12. It commemorates the passing of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of the Nation, in 1925.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands (CNMI) celebrates Arbor Day on Oct 1 every year. The Governor of the CNMI traditionally does a Proclamation of Arbor Day on the last week of September. Celebrations generally extend into an Arbor Month throughout the month of October.

German Arbor Day, Tag des Baumes, is celebrated on April 25.

Guam has Arbor Day on the second Tuesday of October.

Holland celebrated the 50th Dutch National Tree Festival on March 22, 2006.

Iceland has Students’ Afforestation Day.

India celebrates the National Festival of Tree Planting.

IsraelIn Israel, Tu Bishvat or Tu B'Shevat, New Year of the Trees, is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.

Japan has Greenery Day, Midori Noni, or Greening Week. This is usually in late April.

Jordan's Arbor Day is January 15.

Korea celebrates Tree-Loving Week in early April.

Malta celebrates Arbor Day on January 15 every year.

Mexico celebrates Dia del Arbol (Day of the Tree) or National Tree Day in July

Namibia first celebrated Arbor Day on October 8, 2004.

New Zealand celebrates Arbor Day on June 5, which is also World Environment Day.

Philippines celebrates June 25 as Philippine Arbor Day.

Puerto Rico celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in September.

The Island Territory of St. Maarten is the first of the Netherlands Antilles islands to officially declare "St. Maarten National Day of Trees" for March 22 each year.

KenyaScotland's Scottish Branch Arbor Day celebrated March 20-21, 2004 in Argyll.

South Africa celebrates Arbour Week from September 1-7.

Spain has Fiesta del Arbol (Tree Festival) on March 26, the anniversary of the day in 1895 when King Alfonso planted a pine tree near Madrid.

Togo has Togolese Arbor Day.

Tunisia's Tree Festival Day is November 9.

The United Kingdom celebrates National Tree Week at the start of tree planting season in November. It is organized by the Tree Council. They also celebrate National Tree Dressing Day on the first weekend in December, which is organized by the environmental charity Common Ground Trees.

In The United States, National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, and each state celebrates its own Arbor Day according to the best planting time.

The U. S. Virgin Islands celebrates Arbor Day the last Friday in September.

Western Samoa Arbor Day is the first Friday in November.

Yemen celebrates Arbor Day on June 5.