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Mango or “king of fruit” this is what is taught to us from the childhood. In India mango is inextricably connected with the humans and in religious occasions. However, mango (mangifera indica L) belongs to Anacardiaceae family. India has a abundant collection of mango cultivars. Mango is the National fruit of India. As mango is being grown up in Southern Asia for nearly 600 years and is believed South East Asia as the origin of mango cultivation. The National Mango Day falls on July 22. In this article let us check the History, Facts, Quotes of National Mango Day. Article also includes the types of Mango and the ways to celebrate National Mango Day.
History of National Mango Day – July 22, 2021
National Mango Day is generally celebrated on July 22, as it has an interesting history behind it.
- Mangoes where first cultivated in India over 5000 years ago. And between the fifth and fourth century BC this has traveled to the South East Asia. The cultivation of mango set about in East Africa in the tenth century AD.
- In India, “The paisley motif” has been evolved based on the shape the mango.
- Mango is well known as the National fruit of India, Pakistan and also in Philippines. In Bangladesh mango tree has been formalized as the National tree.
- The yield of mangoes is highly found in tropical rime free climates.
- India is well known for its largest stock, where almost half contribution for the supply of mangoes is from India and china has the second largest source of supply.
- Each year since 1987, “ The International mango festival” is held in Delhi. More than 50 mango cultivators over the country where included largely from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and from Delhi. This festival provide a collective platform for the presentation of mango varieties. Around 550 varieties of mangoes are featured in this festival.
Some Interesting Facts about National Mango Day
- Around 20 million tons of mangoes are grown annually in India.
- Mangoes are categorized in the species related to cashews and pistachios.
- India all alone comprises of 1500 different varieties of mangoes.
- Mid East countries and the USA is marked as the highest exporting destination, about 46510.27 metric tons of mangoes were exported annually from India.
- Mangoes are rich in nutrients, it provides 100% of vitamin C.
- Importing of alphonso mangoes where banned in US as result of infested, and it was revoked after 18 years in 2007.
- Did you know? A ripe mango is 0.5% acid and 14% sugar by its weight.
- According to legends, Buddha used to meditate under the shade of mango tree.
- In India a basket full of mangoes are considered as a gesture of friendship.
- Mango tree is capable to grow as tall as 100 feet.
- Mango day festival are also celebrated in Canada, Jamaica, Philippines and the USA.
- Did you know? ¾ cups of mango contains 50% of daily consumed vitamin C and 8% of daily vitamin A.
National Mango Day Quotes
- “Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree, It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are” – Mathieu Richard
- “If you wait for the mango fruits to fall, you’d be wasting your time while others are learning how to climb trees” – Michael Bassey Johnson
- “Bright may afternoons , mango trees in the garden echoed with cuckoo calls” – Meeta Ahluwalia
- “Those who say the color of summer is not yellow, are those who failed to see mangoes” – Zephyr limns
- “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”- Saint Basil
- “The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest.”- Deepika Padukone
- “Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.”- Stephen Fry
- “No one can reap the fruit before planting the trees.” Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
- “The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.” Luc de Clapiers
- “Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.”-Anton Chekhov
- “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice”- Abraham Lincoln
Types of Mangoes found In India
Tabulated below are the types of mangoes found in different parts of India.
|Alphonso mangoes||Ratnagiri, Maharastra|
|Kesar mangoes||Junagadh, Gujarat|
|Dasheri mangoes||Mlihabad, Uttar pradesh|
|Himsagar and kishan bog mangoes||Murshidbad, West bengal|
|Chausa mangoes||Hardoi, Uttar pradesh|
|Badami mangoes||North karnataka|
|Safeda mangoes||Andhra pradesh|
|Langra mangoes||Varanasi, Uttar pradesh|
|Totapuri mangoes||Bangalore, karnataka|
|Neelam mangoes||Andhra pradesh|
|Malgon/Mulgoba||Salem, Tamil nadu|
|Lakshmanbhog mangoes||West Bengal|
|Amrapali mangoes||All over India|
|Imam pasand mangoes||Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil nadu|
|Fazli mangoes||Bihar, West bengal|
|Mallika mangoes||All over India|
|Gulab khaas mangoes||Bihar, Jharkhand, West bengal|
Ways to Celebrate National Mango Day 2021
As normally, the National Mango Day is celebrated with different activities and plans. The finest way to celebrate National Mango Day is by trying out different recipes like smoothies, deserts and more with the delicious fruit. Also light up the day by arranging some activities for the little ones. And do not forget to have some clicks with your families, friends and colleagues. Share your experience and knowledge about National Mango Day on your chosen social media.
The following activities can be observed as part of celebration of National Mango Day
- The health benefits of eating mango can be shared to students at school
- The different varieties of Mango and the region where it is found can be highlighted to the students
- Plant a Mango seed activity can be conducted in the locality. Neighbors, family and friends can gather together and look for barren areas around and try planting mango seed. Look after it by watering and click picture of its growth and document the same. The picture can be shared on social media with hashtags of National mango day.
- Quiz competitions can be conducted at work place to provide a learning platform to everyone of the types, benefits of mango
- Gift Mangoes or Mango dishes to a known family or friends.
- Check for areas where people below poverty line is living and donate mangoes or dishes made from mango to the children and elders staying in that locality
- Conduct a mango exhibition or festival at institutions
Mango for Our Well-being
- Mango contains vitamin C, which aids immunity, growth and repair.
- Mangoes are high in antioxidants
- It helps in improving the texture of your skin and hair, lowers risk of cancers and also improves your eyesight.
- The potassium, magnesium and the antioxidant mangiferin present in mango provide good health for heart.
- Consuming mango will give you an excellent digestive system.
Mango is a super fruit that has stolen the heart of many. So here’s wishing everyone out there, let’s celebrate the National Mango Day to cherish the fruit and the glee it brings. Happy National Mango Day!