Arbor Day Around the World
People all over the globe are celebrating Arbor Day—and trees. Select a flag to learn more about each country’s celebration.
The folks down under love to celebrate trees. The country’s Arbor Day is in June, and National Tree Day falls on the last weekend in July. The different regions of Australia also celebrate Arbor Week, which occurs at varying times throughout the year.
In Brazil, Arbor Day (Dia da Arvore) is celebrated on September 21. It used to be held on June 7 but was moved to coincide with the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. In Araras, Sao Paulo, it has been celebrated every year since the first Festa das ’Arvores on June 7, 1902.
Barbados celebrates Arbor Day 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. Ontario celebrates Arbor Week from the last Friday in April to the first Sunday in May. And Nova Scotia celebrates Arbor Day on the Thursday of National Forest Week.
In China, Arbor Day is a public holiday on celebrated on March 12. The date was chosen to commemorate the passing of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the father of modern China, in 1925.
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands (CNMI) celebrates Arbor Day on October 1 every year. The Governor of the CNMI traditionally conducts a Proclamation of Arbor Day on the last week of September. Celebrations generally extend into an Arbor Month throughout the month of October.
Germans celebrate Arbor Day (Tag des Baumes) on April 25.
In Guam, Arbor Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday in October.
Holland celebrated the 50th Dutch National Tree Festival on March 22, 2006.
Iceland holds Students’ Afforestation Day.
India celebrates the National Festival of Tree Planting.
In Israel, Tu Bishvat or Tu B'Shevat (New Year of the Trees) is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.
The Japanese celebrate Midori Noni (Greenery Day or Greenery Week) 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’s national Arbor Day celebration usually takes place the second Friday in October. A national tree chosen as the Tree of the Year is planted, and tree planting is promoted country wide.
New Zealand celebrates Arbor Day on June 5, which is also World Environment Day.
Philippines celebrates the Philippine Arbor Day on June 25.
Puerto Rico celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in September.
The Island Territory of St. Maarten
The St. Maarten National Day of Trees is held on March 22 each year.
Scotland celebrates Scottish Branch Arbor Day.
South Africa celebrates Arbour Week on September 1–7.
Spain has Fiesta del Arbol (Tree Festival) on March 26. It is the anniversary of the day King Alfonso planted a pine tree near Madrid in 1895.
Togo celebrates 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. They also celebrate National Tree Dressing Day on the first weekend in December.
United States of America
In The United States, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Each state celebrates its own Arbor Day according to the best planting time.
The Virgin Islands
The U. S. Virgin Islands celebrates Arbor Day the last Friday in September.
In Western Samoa, Arbor Day is the first Friday in November.
Each year, Save Yemen’s Flora & Fauna (SYFF) celebrates Yemen Arbor Day according to the best tree planting time.