On May 23, many countries celebrate World Turtle Day - an animal that symbolizes wisdom, wealth and longevity.
This unusual holiday originated in 2000 at the initiative of the American Turtle Rescue Society (American Tortoise Rescue). This organization was founded by enthusiasts in 1990 in Malibu (California, USA) to save the population of turtles living in the vicinity of the city.
The purpose of the holiday was to draw public attention to the problem of the death of a large number of turtles due to the proximity to people. On this day, actions are held in all habitats of turtles, during which volunteers save animals by making crossings for them under busy highways in migration areas or in other dangerous places. Also, the participants of the actions are seeking the status of legally protected territories for the sea shores, where sea turtles lay their eggs.
The celebration itself includes masquerades in turtle costumes with funny scenes from the life of animals, dancing turtles and sending out funny postcards with their image. It is enough to turn on the fantasy, and you, too, will be able to support this wonderful tradition.