Apple Day is a holiday 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 five 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 2,500 different apple varieties, but only the crabapple is native.
- Apple trees can live for over 100 years.
- Malusdomesticaphobia is the 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.