JANUARY 1, 2020 | NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY | NEW YEAR’S DAY | NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY

NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY – January 1

NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY

For all those who celebrated more than they should have, National Bloody Mary Day serves up one of the world’s most popular hangover cures on January 1st.

It would seem the Bloody Mary is the product of several hard day’s nights, lackluster cocktails, and seemingly tasteless liquor.

When the Russian Revolution pressed fleeing men into Paris and to Harry’s Bar at The Ritz Hotel, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot mixed up a cocktail that eventually made its way to post-prohibition America.

According to Food and Drink in American History: “Full Course” Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith, the Bloody Mary made its debut in Paris at The Ritz Hotel in 1921. Originally named the Bucket of Blood, it also went by the name Red Snapper. Petiot later left Paris and introduced the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salty cocktail to the New York King Cole Bar scene when prohibition ended.

Some attribute the name to notorious Queen Mary Tudor, who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. Others claim Petiot’s girlfriend of the same name receives the credit.

Today’s Bloody Mary’s include a variety of ingredients from pickles, olives, and celery to bacon, horseradish, tobacco, and peppers.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBloodyMaryDay

Enjoy a Bloody Mary. Select your favorite combinations and get ready for the new year. Have you tried pickled beans or asparagus? Like its cousin, the Bloody Caesar, the drink has become a smorgasbord of beverage bar. After a while, we begin to wonder whether we order it more for the liquid contents or the edible ingredients. However, if each additional component starts the New Year off right, the day is worth celebrating. Right?

Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is with friends. And remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalBloodyMaryDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY HISTORY

As we ponder the origins of this holiday, National Day Calendar staff will nibble on the contents of the beverage. There’s a little something for everyone – a pickle, celery, olives. Oooh, bacon!

NEW YEAR’S DAY – January 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY

Nearly the entire world recognizes New Year’s Day on January 1st. It’s also one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. 

Celebrations will begin in the Pacific Ocean with Samoa celebrating the New Year before the rest of the world. The latest stroke of midnight will occur in the middle of the Pacific Ocean near Baker Island, which is halfway between Hawaii and Australia.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NewYearsDay

Traditions around the world:

  • Kiss at midnight the one person you hope to keep kissing the rest of the year.
  • Making noise, either in the form of fireworks, ringing bells, horns, blasting, or pistol shots are traditional around the world.
  • In Holland, they toast to the new year with spiced wine, wassail in England, or champagne in the United States.
  • Resolutions are not a modern tradition. The Babylonians made commitments to return borrowed objects and to pay old debts.

Use #NewYearsDay to post on social media.

NEW YEAR’S DAY HISTORY

The new year has been celebrated for millennia. The earliest record of new year’s celebrations occurred during Babylonian times. However, January 1st wasn’t always the designated day. For example, the first new moon after the vernal equinox ushered in the new year at one time. These festivities occurred in Martius (March), the first month in the early Roman calendar, which only had ten months.

King Pompilius later added the months Januarius (named for Janus, the pagan god of gates, doors and beginnings) and Februarius bringing the calendar to 12 months. It was Julius Caesar who created the Julian calendar, which most closely resembles the Gregorian calendar a majority of the world follows today.

Romans celebrated January 1 in honor of Janus, offering sacrifices, giving gifts, and decorating with laurel branches. With his two faces, the god Janus was able to look toward the past and forward to the future. Celebrating the first day of the year in the appropriately named month of January, Romans made sacrifices to Janus, giving gifts and general revelry.

 

NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY – January 1

NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY

On January 1st, National Hangover Day nurses the aching heads of all of us who over celebrated New Year’s Eve each year.

Symptoms of a Hangover
  • Feeling tired: Alcohol is a toxin. Our bodies metabolize toxins (alcohol) at a certain pace. When the speed of consumption exceeds the pace the liver can process it, we become intoxicated. The risk of hangover becomes substantially higher, too. As the liver breaks down alcohol, it produces the toxic chemical acetaldehyde.  One of the substances the body produces to counter these toxins is glutathione. The body can only make so much at a time, and a night of drinking quickly depletes it. Since glutathione is a stimulant, when it’s exhausted, we feel tired.
  • Upset stomach:  Alcohol promotes secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.  Excessive amounts of hydrochloric acid leads to a queasy stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting.
  • Headache or muscle aches: Alcohol is a diuretic.  Dehydration leads to aches and pains, as well as the upset stomach listed above.
How to Prevent that Hangover
  • Eat – A fat and protein-loaded meal before or during the first round of drinks slows the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. No, the food doesn’t act a sponge, soaking up the alcohol, but it does slow down the digestive process. Fats and especially proteins, take longer to digest, and the alcohol will be released more slowly into the bloodstream.
  • Drink water – Keep hydrated between beers or shots by drinking a glass of water in between. Hydration dilutes the alcohol, giving the liver time to keep up and replace the fluids lost.
  • Avoid diet cocktails – According to WebMD, studies show cocktails mixed with fruits, fruit juices, or other sugar-containing beverages lessen the intensity of a hangover.
  • Pace yourself – The saying, “Beer then liquor, never been sicker. Liquor then beer, have no fear,” has more to do with the amount of alcohol consumed than the type. Beer tends to be consumed more quickly than hard liquor, and as the night goes on, each successive drink tends to go down easier. Starting with liquor and then switching to beer halfway through, one might drink more beer, but less total alcohol than if the process is reversed.
Hangover Cures

The only sure-fire cure for a hangover is time and lots of fluids.  Some common remedies may help ease the symptoms, and others only delay recovery.

Worst
  • The most common ‘cure’ is called “the hair of the dog that bit you.” This remedy suggests having some of what caused the hangover will help cure it.  However, the approach will only delay recovery as it will further tax the liver, increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid, and will not replace any of the fluids already lost to last night’s revelry.
  • Drink coffee – In the movies, a strong cup of coffee is often shoved into the hands of the hangover victim in hopes of bringing some life back into them. Coffee is a diuretic, and while it may stimulate the body temporarily, the effect doesn’t last and will only delay recovery.
Better
  • Pain relievers may be the logical choice for that pounding headache, which is a common symptom of a hangover. However, they also tax the already overworked liver.  If a pain reliever is necessary, aspirin will have the least effect on the liver but can irritate the stomach.  Either way, pain relievers may delay recovery more than ease the symptoms.
  • Over-the-counter miracle cures may seem too good to be true, and they probably are.  Most of them require each pill to be taken with large quantities of water.  See * above about re-hydration.  These products may help ease the symptoms, but at an unnecessary expense.
Best
  • Eat a banana. Bananas are high in potassium. While consuming alcohol, we lose a lot of this nutrient. Potassium loss contributes to muscle aches and cramps.  Eating a banana will help ease these symptoms.
  • Drinking plenty of water* during the party and replacing fluids after can help ease the symptoms of a hangover. Rehydrate with water, or also try fruit juices and sports drinks.  These will replace electrolytes that have been lost and also help recover from low blood sugar.  Studies have shown that alcohol consumption has a direct correlation to an increase in insulin.
  • Eating a meal with complex carbohydrates, protein, and a little fat can help ease the symptoms of a hangover.  Whole wheat toast can absorb some of the acids the stomach is producing.  A fried egg can give the stomach something else to do instead of producing acid and also replaces some nutrients the body lost during the party binge.

    Keegan Calligar holding the Proclamation for National Hangover Day.

    Keegan Calligar holding the Proclamation for National Hangover Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHangoverDay

Use #NationalHangOverDay when posting on Social Media.

NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY HISTORY

At a get together at the Oven and Tap, a restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, in October 2015, people were talking about National Days. The conversation then turned to what day on the calendar had little or no National Days attached to it. When it was announced that January 1 was only known as New Year’s Day, Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson both stated simultaneously that it should be National Hangover Day.

Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson submitted National Hangover Day in October 2015. The day was approved by the registrar of National Day Calendar® in November of 2015.

Recipe of the Day

Chocolate Mousse
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Servings:  8

Ingredients:

2 cups chilled heavy cream, divided
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Whipped cream

Instructions:

Custard:

In a 1 quart heavy saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of cream until hot.

In a metal bowl, whisk together yolks, sugar, and salt until well combined.

Add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking to combine.

Pour mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until a thermometer reads 160°F.

Strain custard through a mesh sieve into a bowl.

Add vanilla and stir.

Melt chocolate using one of several methods below:

  • A double boiler or a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stirring the chocolate continuously or;
  • A glass bowl in the microwave at 30-second increments until the chocolate softens.

Combine chocolate and mouse.

Whisk into the custard until smooth. Let cool.

Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl, beat the remaining 1-1/4 cups of cream to stiff peaks.

Fold in a fourth of the cream into the custard, then gently fold the remaining cream.

Spoon mousse into dishes and chill, covered for 6 hours.

Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving.

Top with whipped cream.

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