National Water Melon Day is observed in the United States on 3rd August.
The irony is that in India, watermelon is available in abundance from late February to end May.
However, on this day we may look at the specialities of this fruit, as the government of India is yet to declare a National Water Melon, and the UN is also yet to institute a day on this fruit.
Fruit of Summer Season
The Nature has endowed us with fruits ideal for every season. Watermelon is one of those fruits that comes as a relief to us, during the hot season. Watermelon is called so, because this edible fruit is 92% Water. This makes it a great thirst quencher, and is one of the most relished fruits during the scorching heat of summer.
The Watermelon is grown in February and March, when there is still moisture in air. The fruits are given by its creeper in the months of April and May, when it is peak summer and humans and animals need water. The animals and humans eat the fruit and disperse the seeds of the fruit over wide area. This is how the creeper propagates itself across the land.
Watermelon is grown across India, during the summer season.
Names in Samskrt
It is known in Samskrt by names such as Kalinga, Shanmukha and Godimbha, and in Hindi as Tarabuj.
Sushruta on Watermelon
Watermelon has been cultivated in India from ancient times.
Sushruta, the world first surgeon, mentions about watermelon in his work, Sushruta Samhita, one of the main Ayurveda texts on medicine and surgery. He speaks of it as being grown along the banks of the Sindhu River, and calls it Kalinga.
More on Sushruta and his Samhita in our book “Brand Bharat – Vol-5 – Future From India”.
Watermelon and Creation
An interesting point to note is that the seed of watermelon is very small, but the fruit is big and heavy. The watermelon creeper is also very thin, but bears a large fruit like watermelon. This is one among the wonders of Nature, that such a thin stalk gives rise to such a big fruit.
This is reminiscent of the story of Creation, whereby the whole universe rose from a tiny point, called Bindu.
More on Creation and Bindu in our book and film, “Creation – Srishti Vignana”.
A Profound Watermelon story
While speaking about India’s Education System in 2016, then Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has narrated an interesting story relating to watermelon.
Uses of Watermelon
There are many benefits of watermelon.
- Watermelon consists of 92% water that is an effective hydrating agent, and prevents dehydration.
- Inspite of having 92% water, Watermelon is also soaked with many nutrients, high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- Watermelon makes for a delicious fruit and juice, especially during Summer.
- Watermelon seeds, when roasted make for a very good snack.
- Consuming watermelon reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
- Watermelon facilitates healthy complexion and hair, and fills one extra vitality.
- Vitamin C present in watermelon lowers the risk of Ashtama.
- As a source of antioxidant, watermelon prevents the accumulation of radicals in our body that cause cancer.
- Watermelon with its water and fibre content, helps prevent constipation.
- Watermelon and its juice also helps in easing muscle soreness, and is used by Athletes.
- Vitamin A present in watermelon is a nutrient that helps in producing Sebum.
National Watermelon day
National Watermelon day is celebrated in the United States, on 3rd August. A fruit that needs to be celebrated not just in the US, but all across the word, for its great benefits. A World Watermelon Day is what the UN should push for in the coming years.