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National Bagel Day - January 15


Toast up your favorite flavor on National Bagel Day. On January 15th, don’t forget to pick your favorite schmear, too. Make it for breakfast, lunch, or snack, or all of the above!

This kosher carbohydrate brings complex flavors to the deli and sandwich bar. In the United States, we love our crunch-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside bread. They’re a staple in our freezers and as a winter pick-me-up.

Bagel History

Polish-Jewish immigrants introduced the bagel to the United States. Throughout New York City and the surrounding boroughs, they grew thriving businesses. Of course, it didn’t take long for the bakers to organize. In 1907, they created the International Beigel Bakers’ Union. For decades, Bagel Bakers Local 338 held contracts with nearly all bagel bakeries in and around the city for its workers.

Until the 1960s, bakeries made bagels by hand. Then Daniel Thompson invented the bagel maker, and along came a heated debate of man versus the machine. Thereafter, the question of the better bagel dangled before customers. Was it the handcrafted beigel or the manufactured bagel?

The bagel became more common throughout North America during the last quarter of the 20th century. Credit for the bagels’ spread across the country goes in part to the efforts of bagel baker Harry Lender, his son, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender. Their pioneering efforts led to automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960s. Murray also invented pre-slicing the bagel.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBagelDay

Have your favorite bagel combinations. Invite friends to get a schmear or two with you. Try new combinations. Do you like yours toasted or not? Breakfast bagels, pizza bagels, cinnamon bagels, they all sound so delicious right now. Which one will you choose?

Brush up on the bagel’s history in the United States. It’s a vibrant and enduring one. Use #NationalBagelDay to share your favorites and give your favorite bagel shop a shoutout, too!


Once the bagel shared a day with lox, but no longer. As of 2020, the bagel branched out on its own to celebrate all kinds of bagels.



On January 15, the first-ever National Booch Day kicks off a delicious way to celebrate with kombucha fans, current and new.


Kombucha, or “booch,” is a lightly effervescent fermented beverage with a bold, invigorating taste. With flavor options from sweet to tart, KeVita Master Brew Kombucha pairs well with any meal and has billions of live probiotics in every bottle.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBoochDay

Kombucha fans can celebrate by sharing the love with a friend. Kombucha fans can celebrate #NationalBoochDay with special offers and promotions from KeVita. Find out more on InstagramHurry, it’s a January 15th, Booch Day only offer.


KEVITA_LOGO_BlackKeVita founded National Booch Day on January 15, 2019, to celebrate kombucha and all the love around this effervescent bubbly drink. KeVita was founded in 2009 in Ojai, California, by an organic winemaker and holistic nutritionist.

In December of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed annually.




Hang on to your hats and celebrate in style on National Hat Day. Celebrated each year on January 15th, don your favorite fedora, cap, cloche, derby or sunhat. Dig out your ceremonial best and tell the story behind it. Wear your warmest tuque, stocking cap, beanie and share the name you give it. There are so many hats, fashions and names we give them. Certainly, we could wear a hat a day and never get through them all. 

  • Hats may be worn for safety and protection, religious reasons, ceremonial reasons, warmth or fashion.
  • In the Middle Ages, hats were an indicator of social status.
  • In the military, hats may denote one’s nationality, branch of service, rank and/or regiment.
  • A Thebes tomb painting depicts one of the first pictorials of a hat.  The painting shows a man wearing a conical straw hat.
  • Structured hats for women began to be worn in the late 16th century.
  • Millinery is the designing and manufacture of hats.
  • The term “milliner” derived from the city of Milan, Italy.  The best quality hats were made in Milan in the 18th century.
  • Millinery began as traditionally a woman’s occupation, as the milliner not only created hats and bonnets but also chose lace, trim and accessories to complete an outfit.
  • In the middle of the 1920s, to replace the bonnets and wide-brimmed hats, women began to wear smaller hats that hugged their heads.

Depending on where you live, if you are outside in the middle of a cold January, you may definitely want to wear a hat on National Hat Day!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHatDay

Celebrate an era or an occupation. Learn the history of a particular hat or try making a paper hat. 

Be sure to wear a hat and use #NationalHatDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed around National Hat Day.


Since at least 1983, National Hat Day has been observed in libraries, schools, and museums across the country. They invited students and patrons to wear their favorite hats or hats of their occupation. People of all ages show up in pirate hats and football helmets. Patrol officers, postal workers, restaurant servicers also wear their hats to various events. 



Each year, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day on January 15th celebrates one of the choicest flavors of ice cream.  All flavors of ice cream are recognized on July 1st. 

Strawberry ice cream is made by blending either strawberries or strawberry flavoring with eggs, cream, vanilla, and sugar. Food coloring is often used to give it the pink or light red hue.

During James Madison’s second inauguration in 1813, strawberry ice cream was served. It’s also one of the three flavors found in Neapolitan ice cream along with vanilla and chocolate. Other variations of strawberry ice cream include strawberry cheesecake ice cream and strawberry ripple ice cream. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #StrawberryIceCreamDay

Holidays are best celebrated with someone else, so be sure to grab a bowl or two. Invite someone to join you while you enjoy a dish of strawberry ice cream. Strawberries tend to remind us of summer, so imagine the things you’ll do when the days are warmer.

We’ve even provided a few recipes to make and share. 

Easy Celebration Ice Cream Cake
Yummy Strawberry Shake
Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

Use #StrawberryIceCreamDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to pursue the origins of this frozen food holiday. While we do, we promise, there will be more ice cream days to celebrate in the days to come. And in between, there will be cake days. And donut days, too. Also, don’t forget the cookie days that we will most certainly sandwich our ice cream between. 

On Deck for January 16, 2020

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Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Quinoa Risotto with Baby Kale
Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:
  20 minutes
Servings: 4 


2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil, separated
8 ounces of shrimp, uncooked
2 ½ tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed
½ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
6 cups baby kale (or quick-cooking green such as spinach, arugula, etc)


Bring the broth to a simmer, lower heat and keep warm.

Heat 1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil in a large saucepan on medium.

Add shrimp and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until pink, flipping halfway through, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Heat the Liquid Coconut Oil in the pan.

Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent.

Add garlic, stir and cook an additional 30 seconds.

Add quinoa, stirring to coat with the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add wine and stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed.

Add ½ cup broth and the lemon juice. Stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth ½ cup at a time.

When all broth is almost absorbed, add the remaining tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil, the shrimp and fold in the kale.

Continue to stir until all liquid is absorbed and the kale is wilted.

Serve immediately.

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