National Honey Bee Awareness Day
About National Honey Bee Awareness Day
When is National Honey Bee Awareness Day? This holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday in August
What’s the Buzz?! Why today is National Honey Bee Day! Let’s celebrate and show our appreciation for the hard-working honeybee, who works so hard to produce the liquid sugary treat that both bees and humans love so much.
Speaking of hard-working, did you know that many bees have to travel 55,000 miles to produce just one pound of honey? To get that pound of honey, those bees need to gather nectar from two million flowers. A single bee will gather just a 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. After all of this hard work, honeybees deserve this special day of recognition.
This day was first established in 2009 for beekeepers, as a way to promote honey and to encourage educational programs. But, this is too special a day to limit to the beekeepers. We appreciate hard-working honey bees, too. After all, they produce honey that we enjoy, and they are vital to the pollination of a wide array of our fruits and vegetables. Now, that’s certainly something to appreciate!
Other Names: This special day is sometimes called National Honeybee Awareness Day and World Honey Bee Day.
For some sweet, sugary fun, see Honey Bee Trivia
Did You Know? Are you afraid of bees? If so, you have Melissophobia.
How to Celebrate and Participate in National Honey Bee Awareness Day
Here are some ways to enjoy National Honey Bee Day:
- Have some honey today.
- Learn more about bees as pollinators.
- Do your part to protect honey bee hives and populations.
- If you are in a rural area, consider maintaining hives for the honey.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. – – Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
History and Origin of National Honey Bee Day
National Honey Bee Day was created in 2009. Thomas J. Vilsek, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture declared this sweet day on August 11, 2009. It is sponsored by Pennsylvania Agriculture, Inc. It was originally intended for beekeepers, as a day of education and promotion of honey bees and honey. The third Saturday in August was selected, so beekeepers would have a new supply of honey to promote.
This holiday is a true “National” day, as it was declared by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
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