World Bamboo Day
About World Bamboo Day
When is World Bamboo Day? This holiday is always celebrated on September 18
Today is World Bamboo Day. Giant panda bears and their cousin the red panda are not the only admirers of this wonderful Asian plant. People love bamboo, too. Only, we humans use it for much more than for consumption. On this September 18 holiday, we celebrate bamboo and its many uses. If you do not know too much about bamboo, you will be amazed at how many different ways we use it. Why, after reading this article, you just might try bamboo shoots at your next meal! And by reading our Bamboo Trivia, you are well on the way to becoming a subject matter expert.
When we think of bamboo, we usually think of Asia, Japan, and the Far East where it is plentiful. But there are native varieties on every continent except Europe and Antarctica. While it is not native to Europe, it is now grown indoors and outdoors in most if not all countries in Europe. That just leaves Antarctica. And who knows? Perhaps it is grown in a research station on that continent, too. The plant requires little sunlight. So, growing it indoors in Antarctica is not out of the question.
Bamboo Has Many Uses
Versatile Bamboo has many uses. Here are some of them:
- Furniture making
- Arts and Crafts
- Outdoor landscaping
- Indoor Houseplants
- Serving dishes, plates, cups
- Culinary uses
- Bamboo is the favorite food of giant panda bears.
- Red pandas eat it, too.
- Only the young bamboo shoots are edible for humans. And importantly, only from certain varieties of this plant.
- An adult giant panda can consume 45 pounds of bamboo per day.
- Much more Bamboo Trivia.
How to Celebrate World Bamboo Day
Here are some great ways to celebrate and enjoy World Bamboo Day:
- Use bamboo in some way.
- Lounge around in a bamboo chair.
- Eat on a bamboo table.
- Shop for bamboo furniture for indoor or outdoor use.
- Grow a bamboo plant indoors or out.
- Use it in an arts and craft project.
- Learn more about potential uses.
- Read and learn about panda bears.
Thought for Today
“The ability to speak several languages is an asset. But the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.” – – Author Unknown
History and Origin of World Bamboo Day
In 2005, the non-profit organization World Bamboo Organization (WBO) promoted and helped to establish this holiday. Members Susanne Lucas and David Knights were key promoters. On September 18, 2009, the 8th World Bamboo Congress officially declared World Bamboo Day. The objective is to celebrate bamboo and its many attributes. According to the WBO, this day is “dedicated to the promotion of the sustainable and versatile uses of bamboo”.
The date is the birthday of renowned bamboo researcher, Nobel Laureate and India’s former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
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