National Honey Bee Day
Did you know the U.S. celebrates dozens of holidays focused on animals and insects? To name a few, January 5th is National Bird Day, March 14th is Save a Spider Day and November 3rd is Jellyfish Day.
The third Saturday in August is recognized as National Honey Bee Day. The event was started in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned for a holiday honoring honey bees and beekeeping. That same year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially proclaimed August 22nd as the first National Honey Bee Awareness Day (also known as National Honey Bee Day).
As a result of this holiday, the National Honey Bee Day (NHBD) program emerged. The NHBD program is an organization devoted to building community awareness of honey bees, beekeeping, the bee industry, and the environmental concerns affecting honey bees.
In celebration of the holiday, every year, the NHBD program announces a different theme. August 15, 2015 was National Honey Bee Day and the 2015 NHBD theme was, “Ban Ignorance, not Honey Bees”. This year’s theme was created to educate the public about beekeeping, the importance of honey bees and the contributions they provide.
Many organizations however, still celebrate the holiday on the original date, August 22nd. We believe either day (and really EVERY day!) is a great day to celebrate bees.
At Beeswax Co. we love to educate our customers about honeybees and the important role they play in our business and in our environment. We think every day is a worthy day to become familiar with the significance of bees but in case you missed the opportunity to celebrate honey bees on August 15th, we encourage you to celebrate them on Saturday, August 22nd. You can simply learn more information about bees and share these facts with your friends and family, plant a bee-friendly garden with nectar producing flowers or if you’d like, you can support our beekeeping mission by visiting our website and purchasing 100 percent pure beeswax candles.
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