National Windmill Day
About National Windmill Day
When is National Windmill Day? This holiday is celebrated on the second Saturday in May
Today is National Windmill Day, a national day in the Netherlands (also called Holland). Holland is home to thousands of windmills, where they have helped reclaim the land from the sea, pumping countless amounts of water over dikes, and back into the sea. Windmills are also essential for industry, most notably flour mills. Increasing numbers of windmills are now being installed in Holland, Europe, the United States, and many other countries for a new purpose….. to provide clean, carbonless energy for a power-hungry world.
The Netherlands has about 1,200 windmills remaining in their country. Only about 300 windmills are operational and have been designated as national monuments. On National Windmill Day, over 950 windmills in Holland open their doors to visitors, providing them with an up-close look at the inner workings of windmills.
The objective of this day is expanded to now include electricity-generating windmills. Recognizing their importance to produce “green” energy, we encourage you to use this day to support windmill research and to promote the development and installation of electrical power-generating windmills in your community.
Happy National Windmill Day
How to Celebrate National Windmill Day
Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate this holiday:
- Learn more about them.
- Grade schoolteachers: Have the students draw pictures of them in art class.
- Support environmentally friendly wind-powered electricity.
“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” – – Benjamin Franklin
History and Origin of National Windmill Day
National Windmill Day originated in Holland. Our research has not found any European organization or government claiming to have created this day. It appears to have originated early in the 2000s.
From our research, neither Holland nor any other government has issued a proclamation making this a true “National” Day.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.
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