National Mango Day is annually observed on July 22. Mango is one of the most-relished fruit, as well as, an integral part of Indian history. It is consumed worldwide. It can be relished in various ways, for example in ice creams, mousse, smoothies, and much more.
Significance of International Mango Festival
Beyond its mouthwatering taste, the mango holds cultural significance for India that goes back centuries. In Indian mythology and literature, the mango is often associated with love and prosperity. It has a special place in Indian festivals and rituals, symbolising abundance and good fortune. With such rich cultural connections, it’s no wonder that the International Mango Festival has become a joyous celebration of this beloved fruit.
History of International Mango Festival
The roots of the International Mango Festival can be traced back to 1987 when the National Horticulture Board of India had a bright idea—to celebrate mango. Since then, it has become an annual tradition, eagerly awaited by mango lovers across the nation. Bustling mango markets, vibrant mango exhibitions, and an abundance of fruity delights await visitors during this mango-filled extravaganza.
The history of mangos goes back a long time. First cultivated around 5,000 years ago, this fruit is associated with Indian folklore. It has been said that a mango orchard was given to Lord Buddha so that he could rest under the shady tree. The fruit is called “mango” in English and Spanish-speaking nations and the name was derived from the Malayan word “manna,” which the Portuguese changed to “manga” when they arrived in Kerala in 1490s for the spice trade.
From its origin country, the mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America starting from 300-400 AD and then later to other parts of the world.
Mangoes were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago In India, Mango is a symbol of love and is also considered a gesture of friendship. The mango leaves, as well as bark, skin, pit and flesh, have been used as folk remedies for centuries. Mangoes have a relation with cashews and pistachios. They all belong to the Anacardiaceae family.