21 May 2022

World Bee Day - 20 May.

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20 each year. The purpose of the international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem.

Every year on this day, the global public will focus on the importance of preserving honey bees and all other pollinators. People will be reminded of the significance of bees in providing for the needs of humanity.

On this day Slovenian Anton JanÅ¡a, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. Beekeeping is taken so seriously in Slovenia that the nation’s unofficial motto is “Land of the Good Beekeepers“. The country produces gourmet honey, offers beekeeping tourism, and likes to point out that the Slovenes – the wealthiest Slavic nation in the world – takes its work ethic from the honey bee.

May was the chosen month for World Bee Day because in the northern hemisphere the need for pollination is greatest during that period, while in the southern hemisphere it is a time for harvesting honey and bee products.

The idea for a World Bee Day was conceived on September 15th, 2014. Slovenian beekeeper Bostjan Noc was driving to work at The Slovenian Beekeeper’s Association where he is president, listening to a radio program about World Days and their meaning and he wondered why bees didn’t have their own day. Considering that every third spoonful of the world’s food relies on bees and other pollinators and that bees are increasingly endangered and almost no longer able to survive without human interventions and support, it seemed only right that the global public should be made aware.

World Bee Day 2022 Theme: Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems. 

Source: www.un.org

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