People Celebrated World Naked Gardening Day on Instagram

May 7 was a special day for various reasons. It was a national holiday in Kazakhstan and Vietnam, the National Masturbation Day (!) in the US and it was – brace yourselves – World Naked Gardening Day, not because of being May 7 but because it was the first Saturday of May. And, of course, Instagram took part on the celebration.

Everything started in 2004 at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, a gardening festival hosted in Worcestershire (UK). It’s a days-long celebration and  90,000 gardening lovers attended it between May 5 and May 8. The obvious question everybody will ask is “why?” What organizers say on their website (www.rhs.org.uk) is that it is,mostly, because it’s fun! After swimming, gardening is the second activity that people would like to practice naked. Our culture and society need to value body acceptance and cherish the relationship between  us and the environment. Not only is naked gardening a pleasure, but it also reminds people that they can be symbiotic and in peace with who they are as humans and as a part of Nature and our planet.

Naked Gardening Day, a celebration for everyone Naked Gardening Day, a celebration for everyone

As of now, more than 200 posts on Instagram are tagged under #nakedgardeningday.  As it features nudity, it is once again a good time to ask Instagram why they are so afraid of (female) nudity, and it would be nice if more gardeners put pressure on them regarding the issue. Also, some people are mixing nudity and drugs, as marijuana, in their shots.

There are recommendations, too. One user reminds naked gardeners to “mind the cacti” when they’re at it; others have made drawings instead of posing, and some have even recorded short videos. Even some accounts “run” by garden gnomes have dedicated a post to this day.

What about you? Have you participated in this celebration? Did you mind the cacti? Tell us in the comment section!

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