The 19th of April is Garlic Day. Don't worry about your breath today; no one will notice because everyone else will be eating it too -- honest.
It's a day to work garlic somehow into what you are making. You may even wish to make a classic garlic dish such as Caesar Salad (so called because Caesar caught a whiff of Brutus' breath after dinner and said, "et tu, Brute?")
Now, there is some dissension over when exactly Garlic Day should be observed. Competing dates are 27th December, 17th April and 23rd April. Some insist that it is indeed today -- the 19th, with the following day, the 20th, being National Garlic Breath Day.
On the 25th of July every year, in the town of Vitoria in the Basque region of Spain, a festival is held called "Blusa" (meaning "smock", referring to the special shirt that young men wear on the day.) Many also just call it Garlic Day, however, because the activities centre around buying strands of garlic and wearing them on your neck.
Numerous farming communities hold a Garlic Day in the fall, to celebrate their harvests.
New York State garlic growers started celebrating a Garlic Day in the fall of 1986. The first few years were held at Rose in Wayne Country; by 1990 it was being held at the Oneida County Farm & Home Center. By the autumn of 1997, there were co-events with local restaurateurs: "Garlic Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Held by Dinosaur Bar-B-Q Express in conjunction with the Garlic Institute. Beginning at 9 a.m., local growers offer garlic bulbs, bunches and braids in the Dinosaur parking lot." (The Post Standard, Syracuse, New York. 10 October 1997. Weekend Section, Page 4.
Literature & Lore
Mr. Thomas laughed good naturedly and Dr. Prince, with a puzzled expression, said: 'Most extraordinary thing I ever heard. Here, Thomas, sit down here beside Mrs. Prince. She had garlic for her lunch.'
Dr. Prince gave up his seat by the two young women to Mr. Richards and retired to the back of the box to ponder on the curious freaks of coincidences. He has an acute mind that works logically and he was about ready to draw a deduction that was near the truth when Mr. Richards leaned back and whispered:
'Say, doctor, this must be garlic day all around. These two girls have been eating garlic. I never knew such an epidemic of the stuff."
-- Trail of a Garlic Luncheon: Secret Learned by Husband at a Theatre Party. The Doings of Four Bachelors, Two Wives and Two Young Women Revealed. Lincoln, Nebraska: Nebraska State Journal. Monday, 3 February 1902. Morning edition. Page 3.
"We had a dentist friend to supper. There were tender little green onions amongst the radishes and olives. There was onion in the salad. The soup had a whisper, a mere whim, of garlic in it.
The poor fellow! We had to go out and cook him up some scrambled eggs.
'Dentists,' he said sadly, 'can't eat onions, garlic or any of those scented things. I love them. I look forward to Saturday all week, because Saturday is the only day I can eat 'em.
Saturday is onion day, garlic day.
I daren't eat them Sunday, because they still cling around to Monday.'" -- Clark, Gregory. Ever Wish You Were A Dentist? Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Winnipeg Free Press. Friday, 6 November 1953. Page 35.
All April food days
- 1: April's Fool Day
- 1: Brillat-Savarin Birthday
- 2: Carob Bean Day
- 2: Maundy Thursday
- 3: Good Friday
- 5: Easter Sunday
- 6: Easter Monday
- 6: Hare Pie Day
- 7: Coffee Cake Day
- 7: Easter Tuesday
- 7: William Keith Kellogg's Birthday
- 10: Bananas in London
- 11: Cheese Fondue Day
- 12: Liquorice Day
- 13: Catherine de Medici's Birthday
- 14: Passover
- 14: Pecan Day
- 15: Glazed Ham Day
- 15: Sinking of the Titanic
- 16: Eggs Benedict Day
- 17: Cheeseball Day
- 18: Damson Day
- 19: Garlic Day
- 20: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
- 22: Jelly Bean Day
- 23: Bavarian Beer Purity Law Day
- 23: Peppercorn Ceremony
- 23: Shakespeare's Birthday
- 23: St George's Day
- 24: Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day
- 25: Anzac Day
- 25: Zucchini Bread Day
- 26: Pretzel Day
- 27: St Zita's Day
- 28: Cracker Day
- 28: Floralia
- 29: Cherry Blossom Day
- 29: Shrimp Scampi Day
- 30: Béaltaine
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