June 1st National Trails Day

One of the world’s most loved pastimes is hiking the trails that nature has provided (And generally man has created). Trails are often human made roads, of a sort, made by foot traffic covering the same path over time. Visit practically any park or forest and you will find some kind of hiking trail for you to explore. They are generally safe to travel on, some having been there for hundreds of years. Since the weather is generally better now and people are beginning to be able to get out and enjoy nature, exploring trails can be both exciting and healthy exercise for you.

How to celebrate – Go for a walk. Travel a famous trail. Enjoy nature.

April 29th Greenery Day

Today is not really a world wide holiday, but maybe it should be. It has a mixed message since it was created in 1989 to celebrate the birth of Emperor Hirohito in Japan. I am not exactly sure what Hirohito has to do with greenery, guess I need to look that up, but it is a day we can all go out and enjoy mother nature who seems to have a favorite color of green. Now that winter is long behind us (Hopefully) we can actually go out and enjoy the green no mater what country we come from. Nature, after-all, provides more beauty than any other natural thing in life. If this is Hirohito’s birthday celebration then we can celebrate his birthday as well… though with his reign, Japan created some of the ugliest scenes imaginable during World War 2. Hirohito did surround himself with beautiful, lush gardens… perhaps never knowing the ugly world his Generals created in his name.

How to celebrate – Get out into nature. Visit Japan. Help save a rain forest.

March 21st International Day of Forests

International Day Of Forests – March 21st

Today has been declared a day to appreciate the forests of the world by the United Nations. Most of us just think of forests as trees but they are actually a great deal more. They store carbon helping our environment, they improve the climate around us often acting like a filter. They give us fuel for heat and shade to cool, they are a natural sound barrier, provide food, give a watershed to the soil, and provide a soothing mental health environment.  We need to do what we can to save them.

How to celebrate – Visit a forest today. Plant a tree in your yard. Learn about the positive and negative sides of logging. List as many animals as you can that live in a forest.

November 17th Take A Hike Day

Sometimes, when some one tells you to take a hike its not such a good thing! In this case, however, it is… so go, Take A Hike!

With the weather cooler now, it isn’t like taking a walk in sweltering heat. The trees are turning colors and animals are a little more frisky so there is a lot to see. It is a great thing to do in a large group, although you will probably scare off the wild life. In the end, it is interesting to compare what people saw, sometimes its the same as everyone else but sometimes they see things no one else picked up on.

It can also be a great thing to do alone giving you a chance to get your head together and come to a better understanding of your life and where all the pieces fit together. Nature seems to be very soothing and helps you get your act together.

And it is great for inexpensive family outings. A time to bond, a chance to get to know each other a little better. And make them leave their phones at home! You’ll get resistance at first but after a half hour they’ll forget all about it. And make a picnic out of it making sure you provide everybody’s favorite foods.

And if you are daring enough, camp out over night. The view of the stars will be wonderful compared to being in the city.  You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain and… its some healthy for you to do! That’s a win-win in anybodies book.

How to celebrate – Go Take A Hike! Most larger cities have hiking trails, find out where they are where you live. Find a friend or family member to walk with you, it makes it much more enjoyable.

April 29th Greenery Day

Greenery Day is based upon Emperor Hirohito birthday, April 29th, although apparently it is most often celebrated on May 4th in Japan. It was established in 1989 after Emperor Showa (The line of Emperors, same guy) died on Jan.7th. So I’m a little confused about his holiday, it came after his death, may or may not be on April 29th his birthday, and he has two names.

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Hirohito was Emperor during World War 2. From what I have read he was basically opposed to the war but as the leader of the Japanese people he was not really able to prevent it. Huh? However they could not end the war without his permission, which he gave after two atomic bombs had been dropped, his navy destroyed and his people suffering beyond belief.

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So why do they celebrate it as Greenery Day? I have absolutely no idea other than beautiful gardens have always been a part of the Japanese culture. They are certainly green and I am sure that while the rest of his country was burning, he had beautiful gardens to walk through.

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Now I am not blaming him for the war, and I am not denying that Japan does have some of the most beautiful gardens anywhere. The two things together are a bit odd though. However I do have to admit I am not all that versed in Hirohito’s life so maybe greenery was a huge part of his life.

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I do know this… if more of the world was green maybe we all would be calmer, gentler people. It’s hard to be violent when surrounded by natures natural beauty.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your own garden, or your neighbors today. (Just don’t get caught tromping through your neighbors garden.) Plant something today. Go for a walk in a forest.