WORLD FLOUR DAY
On March 20th, World Flour Day recognizes the importance of flour in our daily diets and our health. In every part of the world, products made from flour provide daily sustenance for billions of people.
Flour is the main ingredient in delicious foods like pasta, cakes, pastries, bread, and biscuits. For thousands of years, humans have consumed grains ground into flour. Ancient humans gathered the oat kernels growing wild around them. Using a stone tool much like a pestle, they crushed the kernels into a coarse flour.
Today, we continue to enjoy many varieties of domesticated grains. In the Northern Hemisphere, many farms prepare to plant these grain crops around March 20th. The earth is warming and ready to grow. In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn has arrived. The grains have ripened, and harvest is beginning.
The day honors the farmers and millers, shippers and truckers, processors and bakers who bring the white gold to our tables. It’s a day for gratitude, and one of hope as the seeds are sown, and harvests are reaped.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldFlourDay
Invite a friend for a meal made with flour. A whole-grain sandwich or a sweet pastry sounds delicious. Don an apron and bake up some cookies and deliver them to your favorite farmer or delivery personnel. Try a new recipe while you’re at it. Learn about varieties of flour and try baking with one you’ve never used. Practice making a rue. One of the key ingredients is flour, and it makes some of the most amazing sauces and soups.
What’s your favorite flour product? Tell us using #WorldFlourDay and share on social media.
WORLD FLOUR DAY HISTORY
The Flour World Museum founded World Flour Day on March 20th in 2019 to celebrate the global significance of flour in our daily lives.
In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World Flour Day to be observed on March 20th, Annually.
About the Flour World Museum
The Flour World Museum in Wittenburg near Hamburg, Germany, has set itself the goal of creating a monument to flour in all its globe-spanning significance. After all, some 750 million tonnes of wheat flour are harvested each year and turned into a wide variety of foods.
NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY
On March 20th, the days and nights balance and National Proposal Day offers an equal opportunity for a marriage proposal. For many, this is the day they’ve been waiting patiently to arrive without success. Others will pop the question suddenly.
Observed on both the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, this day of proposal making is an opportunity to let the loved one in your life know you are open to a marriage proposal. Where subtle hints have not worked, a more direct approach may be required.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalProposalDay
If you’ve identified you’re one true love and are seeking a marriage proposal, there are ways to participate in the day. Some are subtle and others are, well, a proposal.
- Show your love pictures of your friend’s new engagement ring.
- Pick up the latest bridal magazine and leave it laying around.
- Visit your favorite bakery and while there ask what their most popular wedding cake flavors are.
- Ask your love whether they want a big wedding or prefer to elope.
- Drive-by churches on a Saturday afternoon until you see a bridal party leaving and ask your love for their thoughts on the attire.
- Go jewelry shopping.
- Get caught singing Chaple of Love by The Dixie Cups.
- When someone asks when you’re getting married, look to your love to answer the question.
Use #NationalProposalDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY HISTORY
John Michael O’Loughlin created Proposal Day. For more information visit http://www.proposalday.com.
NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
On March 20th, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day brings many groups across the United States together to increase education and provide support in communities nationwide.
Over 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS. One in seven of them isn’t aware that they have it. Of the nearly 39,000 people diagnosed (CDC) with HIV in 2017, 1% were among the American Indian and Alaska Native populations. While those at the highest risk are gay and bisexual men who are sexually active, anyone not practicing safe sex is at risk. HIV is a virus that causes an infection, and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a condition that can develop when someone contracts HIV.
The campaign provides educational information, support options, and more. Clinics, support groups, and others join this National Day campaign to learn more about prevention, testing, and bringing attention to this national health issue. While treatment options have improved over the decades, prevention and testing are still necessary.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NativeHIVAIDSAwarnessDay
Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Native Capacity Building Assistance Network promote the day. They issue press releases, displaying posters, and holding community events for the day. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) also teams up with various organizations nationwide to commemorate the day. Attend the events. Learn more about prevention and testing. Join the conversations and your community in raising awareness.
Each year the communities of the American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians:
- encourage Native people to get educated, learn more about HIV/AIDS, and its impact on their community.
- work together to promote testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities.
- help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Use #NativeHIVAIDSAwarnessDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
In October of 2006, the National Native CBA Network presented a resolution to the National Congress of American Indians, and it was approved. They held the first observance in 2007.
NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY
On National Ravioli Day, celebrate a pasta that is fun and versatile. Observed on March 20th each year, pasta lovers dive in on this food holiday.
Ravioli are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta, made up of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough. Imagine a small meatball tucked, snug inside two cozy layers of delicious pasta dough. That’s basically what ravioli is. Although, a variety of fillings from cheesy to meaty take up that cozy spot in the dough. And the ravioli are usually served in either a broth or with a pasta sauce. A variety of filling recipes are available from cheesy to meaty.
While ravioli often serves as the main course, it can also be a side dish or even an appetizer. Many popular recipes bake or deep fry the ravioli. With chocolate added to the pasta or cream cheese stuffing and a caramel sauce, the dish quickly becomes a dessert!
Ravioli can be homemade or may be purchased fresh or frozen in grocery stores. In the United States, Chef Boyardee popularized the canned ravioli. This ravioli is filled with either beef or processed cheese and served in a tomato, tomato-meat or tomato-cheese sauce.
We turn to St. Louis, Missouri, to learn about the toasted ravioli. By accident, a ravioli fell into the fryer at Oldani’s back in the 1940s. And as with accidents, the crisp ravioli earned a place on the menu. Or so the story goes. If so, it’s a delicious one.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRavioliDay
Ravioli always sparks an appetite, so be sure to mix up your favorite sauce and pasta combinations. Try your hand at homemade. Make it a family affair. As usual, we found some delicious recipes, too! Give them a try and share your own, too.
Use #NationalRavioliDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this food holiday, we will also keep the art of celebrating every day. We’ll bring you updates as we find them, pasta included.
On Deck for March 21, 2020
- National California Strawberry Day
- National Common Courtesy Day
- National Countdown Day
- National Fragrance Day
- National French Bread Day
- National Single Parent Day
- World Down Syndrome Day
- National Corn Dog Day – First Saturday of March Madness
- National Quilting Day – Third Saturday in March
- Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination – March 21-27
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 60 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
2¼ cups water
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
2¼ cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups flour plus 3¼ to ¾ tablespoons
1 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons yeast
Mix water and margarine or butter in saucepan and heat to 120°.
In separate bowl, add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Slowly add liquid mixture to dry ingredients.
Add remaining flour and knead until smooth and not sticky.
Set aside and covered. Let rise until doubled in size.
Divide dough in half and shape l each half into a long cylinder shape.
Using a sharp knife, cut three slashes in the top. Cover and let rise again.
Make an egg wash using 1 egg and water mixed well. Brush across the top of each loaf.
Bake in a 375° oven for 20 minutes.
For added decoration, sprinkle sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds or toasted onion or garlic on dough before baking.
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