NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY
National Groundhog Day on February 2nd each year asks one question. Will he see his shadow? Ok, well maybe it asks another question. Will there be six more weeks of winter?
Groundhog Day is observed on February 2nd, each year in the United States and Canada. The United States and Canada observe Groundhog Day on February 2nd. On this day, traditionally the groundhog awakens from his nap for a nice welcomed break during the winter to see if he can see his shadow. Many believe if the groundhog sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If this is so, he retrieves back into his den and goes back to sleep. If he does not see his shadow, the groundhog remains outside to play, and people celebrate believing spring is just around the corner.
The tradition of predicting the length of the remaining winter is intertwined with the Christian holiday, Candlemas. The clergy would bless candles symbolizing the ‘light of the world’ to give to their congregations. Another tradition associated with this day is eating crepes. Germans practiced the art of predicting the winter with a hedgehog. When they arrived in the United States, they settled in the hills of Pennsylvania, and the groundhog became the official predictor.
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has been chosen as the site for the annual Groundhog day event. Thousands of people come to the town of Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day for this day of celebration.
Although already a well known day, Groundhog Day received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Roger Rininger as the groundhog.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGroundhogDay
Check if the groundhog has seen its shadow. You can also watch the movie Groundhog Day. Read the Farmer’s Almanac to find out the likelihood of an early spring. Share your predictions on whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow using #NationalGroundhogDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY HISTORY
An early American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, by storekeeper James Morris, dated February 4th, 1841, of Berks County, Pennsylvania.
“Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”
NATIONAL HEAVENLY HASH DAY
National Heavenly Hash Day on February 2nd recognizes a family favorite that covers a variety of desserts with a common ingredient.
When it comes to defining Heavenly Hash, the only ingredient that seems for certain is a variety of marshmallows, marshmallow creme or whip. Other ingredients vary, though. Some recipes create delicious cakes with chocolate and marshmallow. And yet, others lean more toward a fruit salad with whipped cream and a variety of nuts or chocolate bars added. Nearly every brand of ice cream has its version of Heavenly Hash with nuts and chocolate included, too.
However, the common ingredient seems to always be a form of marshmallow bringing the dish to a heavenly flavor perfect for potlucks and family gatherings.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHeavenlyHashDay
Make your favorite version of Heavenly Hash. Whether it’s a salad, cake or bar, we’re sure it’s…heavenly. If you don’t have a recipe, we found one for you to try. Be sure to share your favorites, too!
Try this Heavenly Hash Bars recipe from TheKitchn.com.
Use #NationalHeavenlyHashDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HEAVENLY HASH DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this elusive dessert holiday.
NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY
On February 2nd, National Tater Tot Day recognizes a kitchen staple. In the United States, we consume approximately 3.5 billion of these nuggets of potato goodness per year.
These bite-sized bits of golden deliciousness created from the scraps from making French fries once were used to feed cattle. But how do the cast-offs from making French fries become the bite-sized, kitchen-friendly morsels we love to devour today? Through persistence and ingenuity, of course!
Two brothers, Nephi and Golden Grigg, along with their brother-in-law started dabbling in frozen food when they rented a plant on the Oregon and Idaho borders in 1934. The focused on making French fries, but the waste fed to cattle seemed excessive. Was there a way to reduce the excess? Maybe, but instead, they chose to create a product from the excess. Not only did the scrapped and shredded bits form into tasty bites when blanched and fried, but they also fit into their product line, too. They froze well, could be baked, and were delicious! By 1952, they purchased the plant, forming the Oregon Frozen Foods Company that would later become Ore-Ida.
Seasoned with spices or baked into a casserole, tater tots make a meal, side dish, or a snack celebration. We dip them, pop them, or just savor them.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTaterTotDay
What’s your favorite way to enjoy tater tots? We offer a variety of ideas to celebrate the day.
- Add them to a burrito
- Make a potato version of nachos by adding your favorite toppings to partially cooked tots and then heating through.
- Create a tater tot buffet with a variety of dips and seasonings.
- Add tater tots to your burger.
- Top a homemade pizza with tater tots.
- Tater tots and eggs go well together.
- Build a kabab using vegetables and marinated meat.
Share your recipes and pictures by using #NationalTaterTotDay on social media.
NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY HISTORY
John-Bryan Hopkins created the observance in 2009.
February 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The United States and Mexico sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty defined the boundary between the two countries as the Rio Grande River.
At Thomas Edison’s new Black Maria Studio and using Edison’s kinetoscope, William K.L. Dickson filmed Fred Ott as he sneezed. Named “Record of a Sneeze,” it consisted of 45 frames and is the first film recorded in the studio. It is registered as a photograph but not as a film because the category did not exist at the time.
Considered one of the film world’s first stuntmen, Frederick R. Law parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty and landed 30 feet from the bay. This wasn’t his first parachute jump nor would it be his last.
Sylvia Beach publishes the complete novel Ulysses by James Joyce.
After a week of mushing 625 miles in brutal conditions, 20 drivers and their dogs safely relay a delivery of 300,000 doses of Diptheria serum to Nome, Alaska.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Prep: 35 minutes
1-2 mediums heads of garlic
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Slice the top quarter inch off of each head of garlic.
Place each head in foil and drizzle with olive oil.
Wrap the garlic up, place on a baking pan.
Roast for about 30 minutes.
Roasted garlic will spread like butter on bread. It also add wonderful flavor to mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or steamed vegetables. Mix it into mayo or use it as a base for a homemade pizza.
February 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Sarah Stevenson – 1841
In 1876, Stevenson became the first woman to join the American Medical Association.
Solomon R. Guggenheim – 1861
In 1937, the American businessman established the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Two years later, the museum by the same name was built.
James Joyce – 1882
The Irish novelist and poet is best known for his novel Ulysses which at the time created controversy for its content.
Ayn Rand – 1905
The Russian-born novelist developed the philosophical system Objectivism. Her best-known novels include The Fountain Head and Atlas Shrugged.
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