National Doughnut Day
National Doughnut Day:
Every First Friday in June is celebrated as National Doughnut Day to honor the doughnut event started by Salvation Army.
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Why National Doughnut Day?
Doughnuts are a popular food enjoyed by people all over the world, and they come in many different shapes and flavors. There are even specialty doughnut shops that only sell doughnuts. people can enjoy a variety of doughnuts from their local bakery or grocery store.
It is a holiday that celebrates the doughnut, a pastry that is enjoyed by many. This holiday was created to honor the Army volunteers who gave doughnuts to soldiers.
Not only in the United States but also in some countries, the first Friday in June is celebrated as National Doughnut Day. This commemoration replaces the doughnut event started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 in honor of the members who provided doughnuts to soldiers during World war I.
Thus, it’s a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite pastries – the doughnut!
How can we observe National Doughnut Day?
There are many ways to celebrate this, including eating doughnuts, making doughnuts, or simply enjoying the company of others while eating doughnuts. Whether you are a doughnut lover or not, there is no doubt that this holiday is a fun and delicious way to celebrate.
Interesting facts about National Doughnut Day:
Here are some interesting facts about doughnuts that you may not have known:
- The term “Doughnut” is the traditional spelling whereas in recent years, it is simplified and called as “donut”. The first known use of donut was in a book named Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa written by George W. Peck that was published in 1900.
- The common types of donut are ring and filled donuts.
- The origin of hole in donut is still disputed and cannot be traced.
- Hanson Gregory, an American, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847, when he was just 16 years old.
- The earliest mention about Doughnut is in History of New York 1809 book.
- In southern California, fresh doughnuts are sold after packing in pink boxes. This is attributed to Ted Ngoy and Ning Yen, Cambodian genocide refuges to later become the owner of chain of Doughnut shops in the United States. Ted Ngoy is nicknamed as “Donut King”.
- In Cambodia, donut is called as Nom kong.
- In Thailand, famous morning breakfast is pa thong ko, also known as Thai donuts which is served along with Thai Tea.
- Canadians ranks top in doughnut consumption.
- The largest doughnut was made up of 90,000 individual doughnuts was set in Sydney in 2007 and was inducted into Guinness Book of Records.
- Within the United States, the Providence metropolitan area was considered as having the most doughnut shops per capita. It approximately has 25.3 doughnut shops per 100,000 people.
- Tour de Donut is a bicycle race held in Staunton, Illinois and Troy Ohio every year. Started in 1989, it’s a unique bike event where rider’s times by five minutes for every doughnut consumption. The first even was started with only 25 Participants. Later it was spread to Troy Ohio. The first race was started with only 100 participants in Ohio which later grown and attracted many participants. In 2017, it was held with around 2000+ Participants marking it a big event. It is further spread to other cities like Michigan, Utah, Texas and California.
- The first documented instance of a doughnut-like pastry was in Homer’s Odyssey, where “cake shaped like a crown” was mentioned.
- Doughnuts were actually banned in the United States during World War I because they were thought to be a hindrance to the war effort – people were spending their money on doughnuts instead of buying war bonds!
- The Salvation Army is credited with inventing the modern-day doughnut when they were serving soldiers in France during World War I.
- During a citywide “lockdown” after the Boston Marathon bombing terrorist attack, a handful of selected Dunkin’ Donuts locations were instructed to remain open to serve police and first responders when other majority of business were off in the city.
- In the United States, many popular Tv Shows, games, films, doughnut was involved more than any other snack food. Further, it is well associated with police as often in shows, police officers are shown eating doughnut in their break time. It is considered as American’s favorite pastries.
History of National Doughnut Day:
National Doughnut Day (NDD) is a commemorative holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Friday of June. The holiday celebrates the doughnut and honors the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The Salvation Army established the holiday in 1938 to raise awareness for their work and fundraise for the organization. The first Friday of June was chosen as NDD because it was the same day that President Woodrow Wilson declared that doughnuts were an “essential food” for soldiers. In addition to being a morale booster, doughnuts were also viewed as a way to prevent dysentery among soldiers. The history of doughnuts is often traced back to Ancient Greece, where a similar pastry was known as olykoek. The Salvation Army has been involved in doughnut distribution since the holiday was first established. Doughnuts were often donated to local Salvation Army centers and were distributed to area hospitals, shelters and other social service agencies. The Salvation Army also made doughnuts available at its stores.
The Origins of Doughnuts
Doughnuts are a popular pastry that is enjoyed by people all over the world. This treat has a long and interesting history that dates back to the 1800s. There are many different theories about where doughnuts originated, but most people believe that they were first created in Germany or Holland. Doughnuts were made from a simple dough that was deep-fried and then coated in sugar or honey. Over time, the recipe for doughnuts has changed and evolved, but they remain a popular snack food. The purpose of this Day is to celebrate the doughnut and to raise money for charity. The first celebration was Started in 1938. The Doughnut Corporation of America donated doughnuts to the Chicago police department and other emergency services during World War I.