The World Bee Day. Credit: Pixabay
The World Bee Day. Credit: Pixabay

The first World Bee Day

The first World Bee Day was celebrated yesterday.

This day is especially important for Slovenia. It was created on the initiative of Slovenian beekeepers.

Why did we need it? And why are we celebrating the World Bee Day on May 20?

On this day, Anton Janša was born. He is considered the pioneer of modern beekeeping, and Slovenian beekeepers celebrate their holiday on his birthday.

The bees are disappearing and they say that we will disappear with them. Without bees there is no pollination, and no pollination means no food, say beekeepers.

Therefore, World Bee Day is also aimed at raising awareness about how valuable these insects are and why we need to work hard to keep them.

Do you know what you can do for them?

Bees have less food in the spring and summer. The modern way of farming, say the Beekeeping Association of Slovenia, means that flowering meadows are disappearing, crops of one kind dominate the fields, and the forests are getting smaller.

If we plant honey plants in the gardens, we can help the bees to survive.

And which are the honey plants?

Among them are sunflower and lavender, snowdrops, primrose, crocus, dandelion, hellebores and grass flowers.

Bees also have fruit trees, chestnuts, lindens, maple, acacia and forest undergrowth.


Points to Consider

  1. Do you know the name of the Slovene bee?
  2. How do cartoons like the one about Maya, the bee, influence our perception of animal kingdom?
  3. Which animals you like as an adult because they were cute in the cartoons?


The original version of this article was published on May 21st.

English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.


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