September 2 is observed as World Coconut Day to create awareness about coconut trees and its benefits. For Asian and Pacific Coconut Community including India, which mass produces coconut this day is of utmost importance.
Coconut tree is also known as tree of life because it plays a significant role in poverty alleviation and employment generation among the weaker section in the society. It is grown in coastal areas, mainly in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Because of mass production, Kerala is known as Land of Coconut Tree and it is a dietary staple in every part of India. It is used in worshipping Gods and Goddesses, is tremendously used in various cuisines, its water is a rich source of nutrients and has antioxidant properties, and its milk is used in various cooking and non-cooking purposes.
Where its edible part is useful, its outer shell and coir part is used for making doormats, its leaves are used for making roofs of huts and its sap is used in making coconut butter. A tree is important for this earth but if that tree has so many usages then it is aptly called as ‘Kalpavriksha – a tree which fulfils wishes.’
History Behind Remarkable Day
The first World Coconut Day was celebrated in 2009 which is marked as the foundation day of Asian and Pacific Coconut Community which was made under the authority of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). It was formulated to bring up new policies and launch plans of actions to save coconut trees and create global awareness about its usage and benefits.