Every year the national watermelon day is observed on August 3. Watermelon is 92% of water which is so satisfied and refreshing during the summer heat. Watermelon cultivation has begun in the Nile Valley during the second millennium B.C. On August 3 we celebrate this ancient juicy berry and its deliciousness. With enough sunlight and proper growing conditions, watermelon can grow to enormous size. Every year there will be competitions and the prize will go to the person who grew the largest watermelon. According to the Guinness book of world records the heaviest watermelon is 262 pounds.
History of the National Watermelon Day
The biologist and botanists believe that modern watermelon can be traced back to vine-like plants that grew wild in southern Africa. The watermelon introduced to the world via European settlers and African slaves during the sixteen century. And during the seventeenth century, it became quite popular and it was a commonly grown staple throughout the world. There is no authentic date in the history of the national watermelon day. Some people believe that this day was started by watermelon farmers while some other people believe it was started by the national watermelon board. But this day was created to celebrate the delicious and sweetness of the juicy berry.
Activities to do on the National Watermelon Day
- Make a watermelon sculpture
Watermelons are also in the same family of the pumpkin so no doubt you can crave the juicy melon and make a sculpture. It is the best way to unleash your creativity, crave a rose, shark, flower, basket on the watermelon. When it comes to craving and making sculptures the options are endless.
- Organize a boozy celebration
As we talked before watermelon is mostly made up of water. And it would be great if you are replacing that water with vodka. Invite your friends, make a hole in a watermelon, put a funnel, and pour some vodka. Have a great boozy day with your buddies, in fact, watermelon and vodka are considered as carrot and peas.
- Play suikawari
Suikawari is one of the traditional games of Japanese which is filled with fun. Call your loved ones and play suikawari. Blindfold the player’s eye, give a wooden stick to them and give hem a chance to crack or open the watermelon with a wooden stick when they are blindfolded.
Why Everyone Loves the National Watermelon Day?
- Endless varieties are available
There is an endless variety available in watermelons, they range from pink to orange, small to large, round to square. Cubic watermelons are famous in Japan. And there are nearly 1,200 varieties of watermelon available in the world.
- Watermelons are guilt-free
Watermelon is one of the guilt-free fruits, if you are in a diet no worries, it is 92% of water, so you can have as much as you want without any guilt.
- Watermelons are fruits as well as vegetables
Watermelon is considered as a fruit because it contains seeds to produce more plants. At the same time, watermelon is also considered as a vegetable because they are planted from seeds and harvested like other vegetables. In fact, watermelons belong to the gourd family, yes they are related to cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.
When is National Watermelon Day?
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- National Underwear Day
- National Girlfriends Day
- National Mustard Day
- National Book Lovers Day
- National Root Beer Float Day