World Coconut Day is celebrated every year on September 2nd. This day is declared as World Coconut Day by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC). The headquarters of APCC is at Jakarta, Indonesia. World Coconut Day also coincides with APCC’S foundation day.
World Coconut Day Theme
The theme of World Coconut Day is Coconut for Family Nutrition, Health, and Wellness. World Coconut Day is celebrated mainly to create awareness about the importance of coconut. This year the celebrations of World Coconut Day will take place in Vijayawada.
The APCC is an inter-government organisation comprises of members belonging to 18 countries. This organisation is set up to promote, coordinate, and harmonise coconut development activities of the Asian Pacific region.
World Coconut Day- History, Significance
Coconuts have been planting in the tropical regions for millions of years. They are flesh fruit which belongs to drupe family. Indonesia, Philippines, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand and many others are some of the coconut producing countries in the world. In Indian culture, Nariyal or Copra is a sign of good luck and prosperity. None of the Hindu rituals can ever be complete without coconut. Every auspicious work begins with the breaking of the coconut.
Coconuts are the healthiest foods nature has given us. Mainly in summers, drinking coconut water helps to regain the energy needed because they are rich sources of electrolytes. Coconuts contain many anti-bacterial properties and are a hero ingredient in all beauty products. As of fact, coconut smells amazing and is also helps to hydrate your skin.
India’s west coast Daman and Diu and the states of Maharashtra celebrate coconut day at the end of Monsoon season. On this day, people gather at the sea or lake and throw coconuts in to the water. Some people also believe that coconut has three eyes as same as Lord Shiva has. So, that is the reason why people throw coconuts into the water. People go to temple and offer coconuts to Varuna, god of oceans.