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International Waterfall Day

Waterfalls Rochester, NY

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on June 16

Pity the person who lives in arid and desert regions. They miss out on the beautiful and plentiful waterfalls that are found all over the world. From water falling a few inches to a foot or more over rocks in a babbling brook, to the thundering cascade of Niagara Falls, people all over the world are absolutely enthralled by waterfalls. The power and sound of the crashing water thrills and amazes onlookers. Each waterfall is unique and beautiful in its own way. Each waterfall has its own character, and no two are quite alike. 


Waterfalls put on a show all year long, as the water is crashing and cascading over and down the rocks of the falls at a rapid rate. The display is at it's best in the spring, when melting snow and spring rains flood the rivers and streams that feed them. Some waterfalls dry up completely during summer droughts. A temporarily dry waterfall may be of interest, but it does not captivate us as it does when water is rushing over a cliff in a vivid and sheer vertical drop, sending up an endless shower of mist at the bottom of the falls. 


Throughout history humans have been drawn to settle near water and waterfalls. The inescapable lure is understandable. In addition to providing water to drink and bathe, the water provides fishing for both food and sporting. The waterfall itself is an endless supply of environmentally green energy. Waterfalls powered saw mills and flour mills long before electricity was invented. The power of the rushing water turns hydro-electric generators, producing clean energy. Waterfalls attract throngs of tourists, and a revenue stream from the tourism. 


The Largest Waterfalls in the World

Determining the largest waterfall in the world is dependent upon what your criteria is. The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela. This waterfall plunges down 3,212 feet to the bottom.  If you are looking to see the widest waterfall in the world, you need to travel to the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Bordering Laos and Cambodia, the Mekong River cascades down Khone Falls, in an amazing 35,376 foot wide display. Another measure of size, is how much water goes over the falls. Inga Falls on the Congo river in Africa takes the crown for the largest volume of water. Over 11 million gallons of water flows over Inga Falls each second. In contrast, Niagara Falls, is 2,200 feet wide, 167 feet tall and 150,000 gallons of water per second flows over it.



Taughannock Falls



How to Celebrate International Waterfall Day:

It is simple and oh so enjoyable to participate in International Waterfall Day. Plan your trip to a waterfall and make a day of it. See more than one, if you can. Some waterfalls are located in the middle of a town or city, with easy access for viewing. Are you ready for a physical challenge? Reaching many waterfalls requires short or long hikes, and involves climbing up and down wooded trails. For many waterfall enthusiasts, a challenging trek from the top to the bottom of the falls and back, is just the experience they seek.  

Make sure to bring your camera, to record a fun-filled and memorable day.

Thought for Today: God give me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.



Waterfalls Day


History and Origin of International Waterfall Day:

This special holiday was created in 2020 by Bob Matthews from Rochester, NY. Matthews said he and his wife love to check out waterfalls, big and small, wherever they go. If getting to a waterfall requires a hike, all the better. Matthews also says "I've never seen a waterfall I didn't like."

The creation of this special day was long overdue. In researching this holiday, it was amazing that no on had ever before created a day to celebrate and enjoy waterfalls. There's waterfalls all over the world, so this is truly an international day.


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