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 17th St. Patrick’s Day

Seems like just last year around this time it was St. Patrick’s Day. The green beer, the shamrocks, leprechauns, corn beef, and cabbage. Well darn, I guess it’s time to celebrate again! If you are Irish, along with the 34 million other American’s, it’s time to show your pride in your heritage. The first time St. Patrick’s Day ever was celebrated was in New York City in 1762. You might think it was in Ireland, but no, it’s an American holiday. It celebrates St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland. In honor of the Emerald Isle whether you are Irish or not, you should celebrate today since the Irish brought so much to this country, and the world.

How to celebrate – Visit an Irish pub today. Wear green if you have any Irish blood in you! Recognize orange is an Irish color as well.

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day

If you are Irish you certainly know about today! It is the celebration of that beautiful, and often troubled, island. It honors Saint Patrick, who I have covered before so I will not go into detail here. He was not Irish, but brought Christianity to Ireland in the 400’s AD.

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Known as the Emerald Isle the national color is obviously green. The lush green lands of Ireland that brings us the national dish of Corn Beef and Cabbage, and of course, potatoes. It was once a wild land and while civilized now, by others standards, much of Ireland still appears wild and unclaimed.

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It is the land of shamrocks and leprechaun, both meant to bring one luck, but both of which have some dark history to them.  Oddly, there are some 34 million people in America that are descendants of Ireland. The reason it is odd is because it is 9 times the population of Ireland itself!

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If you come from Ireland, or have Irish relatives, you have a great deal to be proud of. I am not sure dying your dog green is such a good idea, but what the heck. The Irish have always been dependable people, normally of good cheer and though sometimes can show their hot tempers, make for some of the best friends on earth.

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How to celebrate – Go green! Check your family tree for relatives that came from Ireland. Try and find the end of your rainbow!

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.