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NATIONAL CHAI DAY - September 21


On September 21st, the aroma filling the room comes from ancient spices, perfectly steeped into a cup of delicious tea. National Chai Day celebrates the strong, satisfying tea that is ordered at cafes across the country.

While the Indian beverage dates back nearly 5,000 years, the chai served in homes and coffee shops today comes in many forms. For traditional chai, steep it with black tea leaves. Add whole milk for the richest flavor. Some even prefer almond or coconut milk. The most common spice in chai is cardamom. Though blends will vary from place to place, other spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and fennel. Finally, sweeten the tea with pure sugar.

When is National Tea Day?

This time of year, we can’t resist the creamy, sweet combination, either! So, wrap your hands around a warm cup and let the aromatic steam permeate your senses. One sip will tell you how enjoyable National Chai Day is going to be!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChaiDay

Visit a local tea shop or cafe and order a cup of chai. Choose from a variety of blends. While chai is customarily steeped with black tea, green chai is available, too. Try both! Introduce a friend to the love of chai, too! When you do, give a shout out to your favorite cafe. Take a selfie as you enjoy and use #NationalChaiDay to share on social media.


SomruS founded National Chai Day on September 21, 2018, to celebrate the flavorful drink spreading its leaves across the country by the cupful.

In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Chai Day to be observed on September 21st annually.


SomruS is the World’s First Line of Indian Liqueurs. Our flagship product, SomruS Original, is an artisanal Chai liqueur made with cardamom and other eastern spices, nuts, real Wisconsin dairy and Caribbean Rum. Created by an Indian American couple in their kitchen in Burr Ridge, IL just 4 years ago, SomruS Original Indian Cream Liqueur is now the most awarded cream liqueur on the planet (www.proof66.com). SomruS is the first liqueur that can be used to create authentic chai adult beverages from a Chaitini to a Hard Chai to a Hot Chai Latte. Our liqueur is next generation in terms of quality and is low ABV and gluten-free with no preservatives or artificial flavors.

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National Pecan Cookie Day - September 21


Each year on September 21st, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day.

This delicious cookie can be eaten and enjoyed morning, noon and night. If you’re a pecan snacker, another pecan related celebration is National Pecan Day on April 14.

Pecan is an Algonquian word, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States.

One of the best ways to enjoy the celebration is by having freshly baked pecan cookies straight from the oven. Add a cold glass of milk to wash it down, and you’ll have found near perfection. Joining a friend while savoring the buttery goodness is even better. The variety of recipes for soft or firm cookies astounds most bakers. The toasted nuts and sugary sweetness melts in your mouth, keeping you coming back for more.  They delight, and when stored properly, they stay fresh, too.  But pecan cookies won’t last long when they’re baked right.

Gather up the ingredients for your favorite recipe. Whether soft and chewy or the dunking kind, bake up a batch for Pecan Cookie Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPecanCookieDay

Don’t have Pecan Cookie recipe? Try one of these:

Doris’ Pecan Powdered Sugar Drops
Butter Pecan Cookies
Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Use #NationalPecanCookieDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues seeking the history to this food holiday.

Do you need more cookie days to celebrate? Check out these!

Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
Gingerbread Cookie Day
Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Oatmeal Cookie Day
Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Sugar Cookie Day
Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Pecan Cookie Day

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them.

There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!



As we continue our tour of the states, September 21 brings us to the perfect time to honor National New York Day.

People & Places

The Lenape people populated the land now known as New York. They’re also known as the Delaware Indians. Their settlements also spread across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of Delaware and Connecticut. However, the Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the area and named it New Netherland.

Settlements and trading posts developed up and down the Hudson River. Albany, the state capital, was once called Beverwijck and the center of the fur trade. In 1624, the Dutch established a settlement on Nutten Island named New Amsterdam. Two years later, they would move to Manhattan Island, and the colony flourished.

Over time, the settlement exchanged hands between the Dutch and British several times, each without bloodshed. The first exchange, in 1664, would name it New York.

Independence & Influence

After delcaring independence, the colonies later created the Articles of Confederation. Soon they discovered a stronger governing document was needed.

While New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, only Alexander Hamilton remained to sign the final document. A Federalist, Hamilton held strong opinions that could potentially influence the framing of the young nation’s new governing document. For one, Hamilton supported a life term of service for the President.

From the timeless halls of Ellis Island to the epic beauty of Niagara Falls and breathtaking Adirondacks, New York is infused with grand vistas and endless historical paths to retrace. With New York City as the epitome of a melting pot long before the term was coined, the state is full of inspiration for artists, sparks intelligent debate and philosophical discussion.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNewYorkDay

Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate New York’s impressive spaces, historic places, and iconic personalities. Explore all New York has to offer! Use #NationalNewYorkDay to share on social media.

September 21 History


Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile. The brothers went on to establish the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, the first American automobile manufacturer in the United States.  


The John Deere trademark is registered by Deere and Co. That same year, the New York Sun published a reply to 6-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon answering her question, “Is there a Santa Claus?”


George Allen and Unwin publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The novel introduces the world to Bilbo Baggins and his mystical world. 


Monday Night Football premieres on ABC with the Cleveland Browns taking home the win over the New York Jets.


Larry Holmes defends his heavyweight title for the 49th time against Michael Spinks. In a 15 round bout, Spinks came out on top in a split decision.


NASA’s Galileo space probe completed its mission to Jupiter when the probe burned up in Jupiter’s atmosphere. The purposeful destruction of the probe was to prevent any inadvertent contamination to Jupiter’s moons.

Recipe of the Day

Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  10 minutes
Total Prep:  20 minutes
Servings:  4 servings; yields 1 quart


4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla


In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar over medium heat. Stir to a light yellow and well combined.

In a separate small pan add milk and warm over medium-low heat, until it begins to simmer. Do not stir.

Slowly add milk to egg and sugar mixture, stirring continuously.

Return to heat and bring to 165 degrees. Do not allow to boil.

Immediately remove from the heat.

Pour into airtight container and chill.

Once thoroughly chilled, stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.

Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

September 21 Birthdays

H.G. Wells – 1866

The prolific author is best known for his science fiction stories such as War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.

Allen Lane – 1902

The British publisher joined with his brothers Richard and John to found Penguin Books.

Charles “Chuck” Jones – 1912

The animator worked on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films bringing Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to life.

Helen Foster Snow – 1907 

The American journalist gain prominence in China for her work reporting on Revolutionary China in the 1930s.

Gloria Cordes – 1931

The right-handed pitcher played five seasons with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. During her tenure, Cordes recorded exceptional skills and was named to the All-Star in both 1952 and 1954.

Stephen King – 1947

Since 1967, the novelist has been keeping readers awake with his suspenseful horror stories. Books like Carrie and Salems Lot found their way to the big screen. The writer also produces original screenplays. The demand for King’s work has created a demand so powerful that 2019 and 2020 alone over 30 adaptations, original screenplays, series, or film shorts have been completed, announced, or launched production.

Anne Burrell – 1969

The spunky chef and television personality co-hosts the Food Network series Worst Cooks in America. She has also written several cookbooks. 

Ambassador Spotlight

Kisha Kisha Lane brings a pinch of flavor to her celebrations. Each week we look forward to seeing her perspective on a National Days, especially the food celebrations!

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