The origin of Arbor Day was the world’s first tree planting campaign, held in Nebraska, U.S.A. on April 10th, 1872, and led by J. S. Morton. After that, the people of Nebraska named J.S. Morton’s birthday (March 22nd) Arbor Day. There were several festivals on that day. That was the beginning of Arbor Day, and the day spread out across the states, as well as all over the world.
In Korea, the day was established in 1948. And it was made an official public holiday in 1949. In 1960, the government appointed March 15 as ‘Erosion Control Day‘, so Arbor Day was excluded from the list of official public holidays. However, it was reestablished as a holiday the next year as the importance of planting trees was raised. Then in June 2005, the government announced an amendment concerning the ‘Regulation of Public Office Holidays’ , which excluded Arbor Day from public holidays due to the introduction of the five-day workweek, which was implemented in July, 2005. According to this amendment, the government was removed from the list of public holidays and was changed to a legal anniversary, beginning in 2006.
People are living their lives and forgetting the beauty and sublimity of nature. I hope Arbor Day will make people look at themselves and think about how they cheapen nature.
by Park Ji-min, Cub-reporter
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