Monday, May 21, 2018

World Bee Day celebrated at birth place in Slovenia

World Bee Day celebrated at birth place in Slovenia
With waves of music and hails bursting out from a huge white meeting tent, a high-profile celebrating ceremony for the first ever World Bee Day was held here in Slovenia on Sunday, signalling a further initiative by Slovenia to raise public awareness about the vital role of bees and other pollinators for humanity.

Slovenia's northern Alpin village of Zirovnica was the home town of the 18th-century Slovenian beekeeping pioneer Anton Jansa, whose date of birth, May 20, was picked for World Bee Day.

Some 2,000 beekeepers across the country gathering at the ceremony were addressed by Slovenian President Borut Pahor as well as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, and Bostjan Noc, the head of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association and the architect of the bid for World Bee Day.

Pahor described the world day as "the beginning of a long march" that should end in "humans coexisting with nature" and the world developing along a sustainable trajectory, according to the report by Slovenian Press Agency STA.

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