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On June 24th, National Pralines Day honors a confection made from nuts (whether in whole pieces or ground) and sugar syrup. Pralines may also refer to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder of nuts.

Around the world, candy makers create their pralines a little differently.

  • Belgian Pralines – contain a hard chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid, filling.
  • French Pralines – a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.
  • American Pralines – contain milk or cream and are softer and creamier, resembling fudge.

At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.

The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cakes, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as chocolat praliné.

The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus creating what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPralinesDay

Whether you’re a candy maker or not, you can celebrate the day. We have a recipe for you to try from All We enjoy this Louisiana tradition so much we found another recipe for pralines for you to try. Or, step away from the kitchen and head to the nearest confectionery. Pick out some pralines to take home or to share with others. Use #NationalPralinesDay on social media.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this nutty holiday.

NATIONAL HANDSHAKE DAY - Last Thursday in June


On the last Thursday of June each year, people across the nation observe National Handshake Day.

Of all the various forms of greeting, the handshake is perhaps one of the most ancient.

The origin of the handshake is hard to pinpoint. As it is a non-verbal mode of communication, it may have existed before written records. Theories suggest it was a way for medieval knights, Roman soldiers, and other weapon-carrying men to check for hidden daggers by grasping each other’s forearms in greeting.

Archaeological ruins in ancient Greece support this theory. The funerary stele depicts two soldiers shaking hands and dates back to the 5th century BC.

An even older record in Egypt suggests the handshake held a different sort of power – the power of giving. According to Babylonian custom, kings would grasp the hand of the statue of the god Marduk before taking the throne. This act was repeated annually during the festival of Zagmuk to carry his power over into the next year. Even conquering Assyria continued the tradition.

As during ancient times, modern-day handshakes have different customs around the world. Women didn’t usually carry weapons and therefore didn’t shake hands as a form of greeting. In the United States, Russia, Australia, Brazil, and the United Kingdom handshakes tend to be firm, but even those with firm greetings have lingering differences. However, in most Asian countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea, the grip is light, and there should be no direct eye contact. However, in the Philippines, they make eye contact while keeping the hold light.

Then there are the secret handshakes, those elaborate greetings signaling membership in a group, club, or society. One of the more famous societies known to use secret handshakes is the Freemasons.


Shake the hand of at least one person that you would not have on any other day. You may just want to wish them a good day while doing so. It’s also a day to perfect your handshake. A grip that’s too firm may come off as aggressive, and one too weak may seem insincere. What impression are you trying to make? 

Are you looking for alternative ways to offer greetings? Check out what our Ambassador, Priscilla Subrmaniyam of Positivity Pass it On shared with us:

Or you can try a silly approach.

Use #NationalHandshakeDay on social media.


Miryam Roddy, on behalf of BRODY Professional Development, founded National Handshake Day. “This gesture is key to 1st impressions & relationships,” says Roddy regarding handshakes. The day has been observed since at least 2005.

NATIONAL BOMB POP DAY – Last Thursday in June


The last Thursday in June is reserved for enjoying a summertime favorite on National Bomb Pop Day. Its rocket shape and vivid colors remind us of fireworks!

Patriotic and frozen into the shape of a star ready to rocket across the sky, the Bomb Pop came to fruition during the Cold War. Invented in 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri, Bomb Pops are also known as the red, white, and blue frozen treat. Having one of these icy sweets is a terrific way to kick off the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in your community. 

Not only are they perfect for cooling off on a hot summer’s day, but Bomb Pops also satisfy a sweet tooth, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBombPopDay

Share your memories of this sweet, frozen treat. Introduce it to someone new. Indulge in a cool surprise and enjoy a Bomb Pop. You can also

  • Take a selfie and post on social media.
  • Bring Bomb Pops to work to share.
  • Host a small summer pool party with Bomb Pops for a little extra chill!

However you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalBombPopDay to share on social media.

Looking for more? Check out these 7 Summertime Treats to Celebrate Every Day!


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this chilling summer holiday.

June 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Harvard University issues its first honorary degree to an African American – author, educator and orator, Booker T. Washington.


While flying near Mt. Rainer, pilot Kenneth Arnold witnessed what is considered the first widely reported sighting of an unidentified flying object – UFO.


Hopalong Cassidy premieres on NBC. Starring William Boyd, the show was the first western series on television.


The BBC presents the first demonstration of a home video recorder. Created by Norman Rutherford and Michael Turner, the recording device was intended for home use.

Recipe of the Day

Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep:  15 minutes

Coconut Walnut Energy Bites recipe


20 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnut pieces
1 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup for coating


Place walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, spirulina, and 1/4 cup of coconut into a food processor and mix until it becomes sticky and starts to form a ball (around 2 minutes). Take the dough from the food processor and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the remaining coconut to coat them. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipes from the Coconut Coalition of the Americas

June 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Jack Dempsey – 1895

The American boxer held the title of world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. During his career, the powerful hitter won 62 of his 84 fights. Included in his wins were 51 knockouts.

Chuck Taylor – 1901

In 1933, the shoe salesman/basketball player helped launch the first athletic shoe craze. As a salesman for Converse, Taylor traveled around the country promoting basketball and the shoes the best players wore. The Converse shoes still bear his name today.

Mildred Ladner Thompson – 1918

In 1945, the American journalist became one of the Wall Street Journal‘s first female reporters.

Carolyn S. Shoemaker – 1929

An accomplished woman, Carolyn Shoemaker, discovered more comets than any other astronomer. In 1993, her most notable discovery was a team effort. Along with her husband and astrogeologist, Gene Shoemaker and astronomer David Levy, they discovered the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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