Here in the US, we celebrate trees annually with Arbor Day. In India, they honor trees for an entire week. During the first week of July, communities across India plant trees in honor of Van Mahotsav, or the Tree Festival. Started in 1950 by the then-Minister of Agriculture and Food, K. M. Munshi, Van Mahotsav is intended to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and caring for the environment.
The importance of coffee in Turkish culture dates back to the Ottoman Empire, when it became part of the Ottoman court’s lavish ceremonies. The sultan employed coffee makers who prepared the beverage for special occasions with the help of many assistants. Since then, drinking coffee has become a national pastime, and coffeehouses in Turkey are popular meeting places for friends to get together and talk.
Every August for eight days, the Colombian city of Medellin blossoms with color to celebrate one of the country’s most important festivals—the “Feria de las Flores” or Flower Festival.
While music performances, flower exhibitions and an antique car parade are some of the festival’s biggest attractions, the signature event is the Desfile de Silleteros—a parade of hundreds of local flower growers carrying huge, elaborate flower displays (silletas) strapped to their backs. Before the parade begins, the silletas are judged in a competition.
Green tea is Japan’s most-consumed beverage, served first thing in the morning and with almost every meal.
First introduced to Japan in the 8th century, tea was mainly consumed as a medicinal beverage by monks and the upper class.