Apple Day is a holiday which is celebrated on either October 21st or the weekend closest to October 30th each year and is a celebration of all things concerning apples and orchards. While it has traditionally been celebrated in the United Kingdom, people all over the world are beginning to catch on to this fun holiday.
Apple Day History
The first Apple Day was held on October 21st, 1990 at an event in Covent Garden, London in the U.K. While this initial event was quite small, over the years, more and more people began to attend them until there were almost 700 events in the U.K by the year 2000. This day was created to recognize that apples are unique to their orchards and that orchard diversity is very important.
Fun Facts About Apples
- Apple trees can take as long as 5 years to begin producing apples
- An average apple tree can produce over 800 pounds of apples
- Apples are actually a member of the rose family
- It takes over 30 apples to make one gallon of apple cider
- There are over 8,000 apple varieties worldwide
- The U.S has over 2500 different apple varieties but only the crab-apple is native
- Apple trees can live over 100 years
- Malusdomesticaphobia is a fear of apples
Apple Day Customs & Traditions
Celebrating Apple Day is as easy as picking out your favorite apple and taking a bite out of it or maybe curling up with a book and some hot apple cider. There are also a variety of Apple Day events that are not only held all over the United Kingdom but also now across Europe and the United States. These events contain all sorts of apple-related activities – including the blessing of the apple trees, which just so happens to be an ancient pagan tradition.
When is Apple Day?
|This year (2019)||October 21 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2020)||October 21 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2018)||October 21 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|