World Bamboo Day is celebrated on September 18 with a focus on raising awareness about bamboo and its use. Bamboo wood has long been used for various purposes in countries around the world, especially in East and Southeast Asia. The bamboo grows on it and does not need to be replanted, making it readily available.
World Bamboo Day: History and Meaning
At the 8th World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok, the World Bamboo Organization was officially recognized on September 18, 2009. Following this, delegates from nearly 100 countries agreed to commemorate this day as World Bamboo Day. WBO’s goal is to give more exposure to the economic potential of bamboo as well as highlight the importance of its cultivation in new industries.
World Bamboo Day: Facts
- There are over 1,400 species of bamboo in the world.
- There are a variety of ways to use bamboo. It can be used for cooking, building, creating crafts, and in various other ways.
- Bamboos work as natural air conditioners and cool their room temperature by up to 8 degrees.
- Bamboos are considered the fastest growing plant in the world. It is said that some species of bamboo can grow 36 inches in 24 hours.
- The joints of bamboo stems create silica, which acts as a medicine.
- During earthquakes, bamboo groves can be a safe place to seek shelter.
World Bamboo Day 2022: Quotes
- “Bamboo is not a weed, it is a flowering plant. Bamboo is a beautiful plant” – Steve Lake
- “Mention that the strongest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow remains bending with the wind” – Bruce Lee
- “My mother always says, ‘The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak.’ I can be very focused and determined. But, I can also be very stubborn. Be flexible be nuanced” – Sarah Lafleur
- “I wanted to encourage people not to work following a bamboo ceiling. Whatever you are – yellow, black, white, brown – you don’t have to let your skin determine who you are or how you run your business” – Eddie Huang
- “Destroy the man with evil thoughts, Like a bamboo with its fruits” – Gautama Buddha
- “Memory yearning to rejoin the center, a member remembering the body from which it was separated, like those bamboo thighs of the god” – Derek Walcott
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