International Day Of Argania

When people first hear about the International Day of Argania, they might have to do a little bit of research to find out what it’s about. Let us save everyone some time and just tell them exactly what this holiday is and why it should be observed on the 10th of May each year when it comes around.

This holiday celebrates and attempts to encourage conservation efforts for the Argan Tree (Argania spinosa). This tree is a native species of the sub-Saharan region of Morocco and is an important part of the Arganeraie, or woodland ecosystem, of that area. These trees are not only important to the ecosystem but are also vital for livestock use, agriculture, and forestry.

The History of the International Day of Argania

For years, cattle ranchers and farmers in this area of Morocco have exploited argan trees for their own benefit. They use the wood for firewood and allow their goats and camels to overfeed on argan fruit.

Unfortunately, what they did not do was replant the trees that they used. This resulted in an environmental crisis in the region and ultimately, in the creation of the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve. This reserve falls under the jurisdiction of UNESCO.

With a stable and profitable argan tree business established in the region, Morocco has been able to produce quality products such as argan oil. UNESCO decided to create the International Day of Argania in 2021. This was conceived as a holiday that promoted and helped secure the development of argan in the region for this generation and for generations to come.

Some Quick Facts About Argan Trees & Oil

Let’s dig into some of the things that we learned about argan oil. We think the following bits of information will illustrate just how important argan trees are and the uses for argan oil.

  • Argan trees can grow up to 33 feet high and can live for approximately 200 years.
  • The oil from the seeds of the argan nut is used heavily in the beauty industry.
  • Organic argan oil is often called ‘The Gold of Morocco’.

Observing the International Day of Argania

This holiday can be observed in a multitude of ways. People can take the time to learn more about this region of Morocco or even make a point of visiting it. People can also spread the word about the importance of argan trees on the internet using the hashtag #InternationalDayOfArgania. And people can purchase and use argan products such as 100% organic argan oil, or cosmetics that use argan oil as their main ingredient.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 10 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 10 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 10 Wednesday
Nature & Environment