Coconut Day (Nariyal Purnima), is celebrated by Hindus in western India in the union territory of Daman and Diu, on India’s west coast, and in the nearby state of Maharashtra at the end of the monsoon season. It’s a celebration for those with coconut-know how and hopefully enlightening to those yet to discover this magical fruit (not nut!). This is the time of year when the fishing and water-trade season begins again, and, in thanks, people gather at the shores and throw coconuts into the Arabian Sea as offerings to Varuna, the sea god. Why coconuts? For one thing, because the nut of the coconut appears to have three eyes, it is associated with the god Shiva, who is represented as having three eyes. For another, coconut kernalsare a standard offering to the gods. Finally, many consider breaking a coconut to bring good luck to any new venture, such as the beginning of the trade season.
All major coconut-growing countries including India are members of the APCC. The celebration is aimed at creating an awareness about the importance of the coconut and its potential in alleviating poverty, encouraging investments and promoting the development of the coconut industry in the member countries.
Coconut is described as ‘Tree of life’ or ‘Heavelny tree’ or ‘Tree of abundance’, because of its unique property by providing food, nutrition, drink, health, aesthetic sense, building material and other useful household material.
On this World Coconut Day, the importance of this tree should be propagated and made aware of its intrinsic value in the life of mankind.
Hence coconut farming is of immense importance, seeing its value in different aspects of human life. Every part of the fruit is valuable and useful in someway or the other. Coconut production is an alternative method of food production as well as employment generation.