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January

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    Some foods are seen as lucky to eat at New Year. The foods, though, vary by culture - for instance pork in Austria and lentils in Brazil and Italy.
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    The 2nd of January is Oatmeal Day, at least according to The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. The Quaker Oats Company backs them up somewhat, in saying that all of January is Oatmeal Month.
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    The 2nd of January is the Feast Day of St Macarius of Alexandria. He is the Patron saint of cooks, candy makers and pastry chefs.
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    The 4th of January is Spaghetti Day. Enjoy a bowl of spaghetti today; meatballs or no meatballs, it's your choice!

    You should be aware, however, that there appears to be some disagreement or uncertainty as to when Spaghetti Day really is.

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    CooksInfo.com celebrates Bean Day on the 5th of January. If you're in a rush today, you could mark the day by having some plain but honourable baked beans on toast from your favourite tin.
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    Traditionally, people thought of Christmas as being a 12 day festival. The 12 days of Christmas began on what is now Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.
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    The 5th of January is National Whipped Cream Day! It celebrates the birth of the inventor of Reddi-Wip, the aerosal spray cream in a can.
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    Traditionally, people thought of Christmas as having 12 days -- not including Christmas. Christmas Day itself was reserved as a holy day of religious observances.
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    You won't want to miss Shortbread Day! This is a good day to dispose of the last of the Christmas Shortbread still hanging around by unloading it on friends and neighbours, or by cramming into the lunchboxes of your unsuspecting loved ones. If you're a fan of Shortbread and happen to have spent the holidays in a shortbread-deprived stupor, then maybe it's a good day to make or buy yourself some at post-Christmas prices and satisfy your craving, before it disappears from store shelves completely for the year, making you all antsy by July (unless you're in Scotland, where it's made the year rou
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    The 7th of January has been designated -- by sources unknown -- as the day to commemorate the publication in 1896 of the Boston Cooking School Cookbook. ‡ Written by Fannie Merritt Farmer, the cookbook would remain the definitive cookbook in the American kitchen until the Joy of Cooking started to displace it in the 1940s.
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    The American singer Elvis Presley was born on this day, 8th January, in 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. .
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    A day in January isn't the day of the year most people in the Northern Hemisphere would pick as Apricot Day. It seems that no one is really certain why it falls in January.
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    Plough Monday was usually determined to be the first Monday after Twelfth Night. It was also called Plough Bullock Night.
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    The 11th of January is Milk Day. This day was chosen because, reputedly, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time in 1878 on this day.
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    The 12th of January is Marzipan Day. Okay, who dreamed this one up? People have just spent a whole month picking Marizpan off their fruit cakes, and now someone has proclaimed this Marzipan Day.
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    The 14th of January is Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Hot means warm, not spicy, as in layers and layers of heated pastrami, often on warmed rye bread as well.
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    When's the last time you had Strawberry Ice Cream? It used to be part of the triumvirate of flavours that ruled supreme -- vanilla, chocolate and strawberry -- that even appeared altogether in some versions of what North Americans called Neapolitan ice cream. Now, though, Strawberry Ice Cream has been relegated to the attic where old flavours get packed away, hauled out only from time to time.
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    The 17th of January is the Feast Day of St Anthony of Egypt (aka Anthony the Great, c. 250 to 356), the Patron Saint of Butchers.
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    Apple Trees will be wassailed tonight in Carhampton, Somerset. In the old, Julian calendar, Wassailing the Apple Trees used to be done on Twelfth Night, January the 6th.
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    The 19th of January is Popcorn Day -- even though the American Popcorn Board hasn't got a clue who said that it was, and even though National Popcorn Poppin' Month is in October. The Popcorn Month was actually officially proclaimed in 1999, by the American Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman (though such proclamations are only valid for the year in which they are made), because October coincides with the popcorn harvest.
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    What a day for cheese lovers. Treat yourself to an old favourite, or fall in love with a new one! Cheese Day enthusiasts like to point out that Cheese Day is really all about anything cheesy in life, and that it's the best day of the year to watch a really cheesy movie.
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    Blonde Brownie Day falls handily in the third week of January, just in case you didn't already have an excuse to fall off your New Year's Resolution diet. Besides, with the holidays just having ended, you might still be sick of chocolate, but when's the last time you had a blonde brownie? Think of those dense, chewy squares of cake...
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    The 23rd of January is National Pie Day in America, sponsored by the American Pie Council, to encourage people to make and eat pies.
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    On this day, the 24th of January, in 1922, Christian Kent Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, along with his business partner Russell C. Stover, obtained US patent number 1,404,539 for the "Eskimo Pie" ice cream bar.
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    The 24th of January is Peanut Butter Day. It falls almost in the middle of National Peanut Month, which started as National Peanut Week in 1941, being expanded to a full month in 1974.
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    This day celebrates the birthday of the man considered by many to be Scotland's national poet, their beloved Robert Burns. Burns was born 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, the eldest of 7 children.
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    Australia Day is an official public holiday throughout Australia, promoted by the government with fireworks and performances. It occurs for Australians at the height of their summer, though sadly it also marks for Australian school children the end of their summer holidays.
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    With the end of January fast approaching, you'd think it'd be National Use up the last of the Christmas Nuts Day so that we weren't staring at the bowl of them in the living room until Easter.
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    Potato Day started in 1994. In the UK, it is sponsored by the HDRA organic assocation and by the grocery store chain, Waitrose.
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    The 30th of January is Croissant Day. There are many myths associated with croissants now; suffice it to say, anything you're likely to hear about the history of croissants is almost certainly a myth.
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