NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DAY
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd. This food holiday is a classic favorite of many. The average American will have eaten over 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from high school.
Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the early 1900s and was only served in New York City’s finest tea rooms. In a May 1896 article published in the Good Housekeeping magazine, a recipe “urged homemakers to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread the result on bread.” That same year, in June, the culinary magazine Table Talk, published a “peanut butter sandwich recipe.”
It is thought to be that the first reference of peanut butter paired with jelly on bread, to be issued in the United States, was by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901. In the late 1920s, the price of peanut butter declined, and the sandwich became very popular with children.
According to the Peanut Board, during World War II, both peanut butter and jelly were part of the United States soldiers military ration list.
In 1968, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product which combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.
HOW TO OBSERVE
It may be a good day to try something different. Following are a few ideas to help you out!
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
- Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Donuts
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge
Use #PeanutButterAndJellyDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.
SAAM DAY OF ACTION
Nationally recognized in the United States and observed annually as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), SAAM Day of Action provides a day to focus awareness on sexual violence prevention.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #SAAMDayOfAction to post on social media.
Since 2004, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center has promoted a day dedicated to ending sexual violence against women. Their campaign is ongoing. For more information visit www.nsvrc.org.
For complete information regarding SAAM Day of Action, see:
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION DAY
National Reconciliation Day is celebrated on April 2 of each year. There are many different “Days of Reconciliation” held around the world that are celebrated on different days.
HOW TO OBSERVE
This is a day intended to patch up relationships. Misunderstandings, unintended words or actions and simply an unforgiven mistake can tear apart relationships. National Reconciliation Day is the time to take that step and make amends. It’s not too late. Reach out to that friend or loved one and make a fresh start. Use #ReconciliationDay to post on social media.
Our research has found several references to Reconciliation Day throughout the year. However, credit is given to newspaper columnist Ann Landers, who in 1989, in response to one of her reader’s letters, began annually promoting April 2nd as Reconciliation Day. She encouraged her readers to repair their broken relationships and dedicated each April 2nd column to letters concerning just such relationships.
NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY
Each year on a Tuesday in April, National Equal Pay Day brings awareness to pay discrepancies between women and men around the world for the same work. Tuesday represents how far into the work week a woman works to earn as much a man doing the same job.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Wear red and use #EqualPayDay to share on social media.
Equal Pay Day first started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to bring awareness to demonstrate wage inequities between men and women. For more information visit www.pay-equity.org.
NATIONAL FERRET DAY
On April 2nd, Hob and Jill went up the hill with their little Kits to celebrate National Ferret Day because that’s some serious business. Male ferrets are called Hobs and female ferrets are called Jills. Their offspring are called Kits. The whole family is called a Business. A part of the mustelid family, ferrets are carnivores and are joined by the otter, badger, weasel, marten, mink and wolverine.
They are quite crafty hunters and have been domesticated for over 2,000 years for just that purpose. Used to “ferret” out and kill mostly vermin that would otherwise grow out of control, ferrets were a useful tool. Their razor sharp teeth are definitely those of a carnivore.
These wildly, curious creatures have been recently domesticated as pets in the last few decades. While their skill in the wild may have been considered masterful, as a pet they can be a mischievous handful if not properly trained. Highly intelligent, they can be trained to do an assortment of tricks and to use a litter box. A social animal, they do require attention and preferably a ferret companion.
Like other mustelids, ferrets have scent glands that produce a musky, often offensive odor.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn more about ferrets. Use #NationalFerretDay to post on social media.
While National Ferret Day has been celebrated for decades by ferret lovers across the country, it wasn’t officially recognized until Carol Roche of New York and the American Ferret Association made it possible. In 2014, National Ferret Day was officially recognized in Chase’s Calendar of Events.
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