20 May is observed as a World Bee Day every year. On this date, the pioneer of beekeeping Anton Janša was born in the year 1734 in Slovenia. The purpose of the bee day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem. About 33 per cent of the world’s food production depends on bees thus they are vital for the preservation of biodiversity, ecological balance in nature and helpful in reducing pollution.

The theme for 2021 is “Bee engaged: Build Back Better for Bees”..

History

The United Nations Member States approved Slovenia’s proposal to proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day in December 2017. The resolution called for the adoption of specific conservation measures and highlighted the importance of the preservation of bees and their significance for humanity. The 1st World Bee Day was observed in the year 2018.