World Bee Day is Celebrated on May 20th Every Year

IMPORTANT DAYS, BOOKS & AUTHORS

World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20th every year to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem. The date 20th May was chosen as it marks the birth anniversary of Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, who was born in 1734.

The day was proposed by Slovenia in the UN Member States in 2014 and was approved in December 2017. Slovenia proposed as the country’s unofficial motto is ‘Land of the Good Beekeepers’. The day was observed for the first time in 2018. 

The theme fixed for the year 2022 is “Bee engaged: Build Back Better for Bees”.

The global public will focus on the importance of preserving honeybees and all other pollinators. 

Bees and other pollinators transfer pollen from one flower to another, allowing for the generation of more variety and higher quality fruits, nuts, and seeds, contributing to food security and nutrition. Bees, birds, and bats pollinate 35% of the world's agricultural production, raising yields of 87% of the world's most important food crops. Pollinators are important, as three out of every four crops produce fruits or seeds for human use.

These bees were considered endangered due to their habitat loss, pesticide use, industrial pollution, rapid industrialization, and urbanization. And also climate change (temperature rise, early snow melting, and increased drought) is the most impactful factor in bee endangerment. 

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20th every year. The date also marks the birth anniversary of Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping (or apiculture).
  • The day is observed with an aim to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem. 
  • The theme for the year 2022 is “Bee engaged: Build Back Better for Bees”. 
  • The day was proposed by Slovenia in the UN Member States and was approved in December 2017. The day was observed for the first time in 2018.

   Facts to know:

  • Apiculture is the scientific method of rearing honeybees.
  • Bees are reared for their honey, bee wax.
  • The total number of bees in the hive: are 10,000 to 60,000 bees.
  • World’s largest living species of bee: Wallace’s Giant Bee.
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