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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.
The 2nd of January is the Feast Day of St Macarius of Alexandria, who has been dubbed St Macaroon, owing to his name and his association with pastry chefs.
The 4th of January is Spaghetti Day. Enjoy a bowl of spaghetti today; meatballs or no meatballs, it's your choice!
The evening of the 5th of January is Twelfth Night. Where does the twelve come from? Traditionally, people thought of Christmas as being a 12 day festival.
The 5th of January is Whipped Cream Day! It celebrates the birth of the inventor of Reddi-Wip, the aerosal spray cream in a can.
The 6th of January is Bean Day. Queue the musical fruit jokes! If you're in a rush today, you could mark Bean Day by having some plain but honourable baked beans on toast from your favourite tin.
The 6th of January is Epiphany. Epiphany marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas.
The 6th of January is Shortbread Day! This could be 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 it into the lunchboxes of your unsuspecting loved ones.
The 7th of January commemorates the 1896 publication of the Boston Cooking School Cookbook, now simply referred to as the Fannie Farmer Cookbook after its author.
The American singer Elvis Presley was born on this day, 8th January, in 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Plough Monday was usually the first Monday after Twelfth Night. The actual date will vary. Field workers who would dress up, decorate a plough and drag it behind them through villages.
January 9th is Apricot Day. Treat yourself to a fresh apricot, or some apricot products such as apricot jam, canned apricots, or dried apricots.
The 11th of January is Milk Day. You can enjoy a tall, cool glass of your favourite kind of milk today, either plain, or maybe even flavoured -- chocolate? strawberry? banana?
The 12th of January is Marzipan Day. If you're a fan, and didn't get enough marzipan at Christmas, you may still be able to get some marzipan products in the after-Christmas sales.
The 14th of January is Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Layers and layers of heated pastrami, served on warmed rye bread.
The 14th of March is an unofficial Japanese holiday -- White Day. It is a day when men give to women white presents, which can be gifts of food or other items.
When's the last time you had Strawberry Ice Cream? It has relegated to the attic where old flavours get packed away, but it's still delicious.
The 17th of January is the Feast Day of St Anthony of Egypt the Patron Saint of Butchers.
Apple Trees will be wassailed tonight in Carhampton, Somerset, as part of a centuries if not millennia old tradition of wassailing across England.
The 19th of January is Popcorn Day. You could have a big bowl of homemade popcorn with your favourite topping, or make some popcorn balls, or even buy the popcorn already made.
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
Blonde Brownie Day falls handily in the third week of January, just in case you didn't already have a delicious reason to fall off your New Year's Resolution diet.
The Fannie Merritt Farmer School opened in Boston in 1902.