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JANUARAY 7, 2020 | NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY | NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY

NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY – January 7

NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY

Each year on January 7th, National Bobblehead Day recognizes a day of celebration for all spring-connected head bobbing figurines.

For over 100 years, bobbleheads have been entertaining and fascinating fans and collectors. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, too. Bobbleheads commemorate iconic teams, movies, and cartoon characters. Individually, they represent some of our most exciting athletes or thrilling television and movie characters. 

Early bobbleheads, known as bobbers or nodders, developed from Germany. They took root in the United States pop culture in the 1950s and 60s. Bobbleheads resurged in the late 1990s when professional sports teams began using them as promotional items. Today, as both toys and collectibles, bobbleheads continue to amuse and captivate us. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBobbleheadDay

Share your favorite bobblehead or collect a new one! Use #NationalBobbleheadDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY HISTORY

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum submitted National Bobblehead Day in December 2014. On November 18, 2014, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum was announced.  The museum opened in 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and houses the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads. The building houses a tribute to the best of bobbleheads with a hall of fame and many exhibits related to the history and making of bobbleheads. 

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on January 7th annually in accordance with the policies set forth to designate a National Day.

NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY – January 7

NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY

On January 7th, National Tempura Day encourages us to celebrate with a dish made with a tempura batter. This Japanese fare is made up of either seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried. 

Portuguese Jesuit missionaries introduced the recipe for tempura to Japan during the sixteenth century (around 1549).  It is believed that Portuguese Jesuit Tokugawa Isyasu, founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, loved tempura. Since the Genroku era (September 1688 – March 1704), tempura was traditionally a very popular food eaten at street vendors called ‘yatai.’

Today, chefs all over the world include tempura dishes on their menus. They use a wide variety of different batters and ingredients, including the nontraditional broccoli, zucchini, and asparagus as well as dry fruits. Some meats, usually chicken and cheeses, particularly mozzarella, are known to be served tempura-style in some American restaurants.

For sushi lovers, a more recent variation of tempura sushi provides a new way of enjoying the delicacy. Entire pieces of sushi are dipped in batter and tempura-fried.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTempuraDay

Have some tempura and use #NationalTempuraDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY HISTORY

While we haven’t discovered the origins of the day, we still occasionally heat up some oil and mix up some batter and dip into the research.

Recipe of the Day

Quiche

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Servings:  6

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.

Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.

Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.

Bake for 35 minutes until set.

About National Day Calendar

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