September 2nd of every year is internationally celebrated as World Coconut Day. The main objective of celebrating this day is to create worldwide awareness about the usage of coconuts and their myriad benefits. The day is especially celebrated in countries within the Asian and Pacific regions, which house most of the world’s coconut-growing regions and production centers.
World Coconut Day Theme & Celebration
The World Coconut Day 2024 theme is titled ‘Invest in Coconut to save the world’. Celebrations usually include technical sessions by expert speakers who have specialised knowledge of coconut farming. Awareness campaigns about the various advantages and benefits of coconut usage are also part of the day’s events.
Along with the celebrations, farmers can be enriched with higher technical support facilities. Most coconut growers in our country lack scientific and upgraded practices in coconut growing and distribution departments. Only with the help of education can they also see the world through the latest technological eyes.
The day’s highlights include discussing achievements in processing units, bringing in technology up-grading in export and import facilities, and improvising core management principles and practices. Themes in exhibits could include coconut products that are valuable additions to the country’s industrial scene. Guided presentations from the Coconut Development Board and their proposal suggestions to increase coconut productions are usually tabled at discussion forums.
World Coconut Day in India
The Coconut Development Board (CDB) has close associations with the APCC. Every year on World Coconut Day, many events and celebrations are planned by the organisation. The head office of CBD resides at Kochi in Kerala. The organisation has many regional offices, state and central offices, and appreciated work across the country.
They take up many promotional activities related to coconut, regarding the importance and spiritual significance of the coconut tree. The coconut tree is also regarded as a holy tree in our country because of its divine connection. Every part of the coconut tree is helpful to humanity in some of the other forms, making it a valuable mention in most ancient religious texts.
Importance of Coconut
The holy “Kalpavriksha” tree, as we famously know the coconut tree in India, serves a deeply immersed connection with the country’s religious and scientific roots. Hindu religion finds a mention of coconut in all festivals and auspicious occasions and traditions. Other famous names offered to the coconut tree due to its greatness are “Tree of Life” and “Tree of thousand uses”.
The tree is so important to our culture that even a single part doesn’t go unused and wasted. People employed in coconut cultivation offer a great source of employment contribution to the country’s industrial output. Coconut has plenty of uses, right from coconut oil, coconut milk, the nut itself too! Coconut water, or more popularly tender water from a coconut, has thousands of medicinal properties and is a boon to pregnant women.
It is an ideal drink to beat the heat during summer. The leaves obtained from coconut trees serve many industrially valuable commodities like brooms, baskets for storage silos, weaving mats etc. Not just that, the fibres from coconut trees are used to produce mattress liners, thick ropes and strings too. Coconut milk serves as one of the ingredients in daily Indian cooking, especially in India’s southern states.