WORLD KEBAB DAY – Second Friday in July

World Kebab Day - Second Friday in July
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


Every year on the second Friday in July, World Kebab Day celebrates this delicious food. It’s also a day to learn more about the origins of kebabs and how to make them.

There is a good chance you have eaten a kebab at one time or another. For those who have never had one, a kebab is basically food on a stick. The food usually consists of roasted or grilled meat. Some people add veggies to their kebabs.

This easy-to-eat delicacy most likely originated in Turkey. It’s believed that soldiers used to grill chunks of freshly hunted animals on swords over open fires in the field. A Turkish script from 1377 backs up this idea. From Turkey, the kebab spread to other parts of the Middle East. Many countries around the world have since adopted their own version of the kebab.

The type of food used on a kebab depends upon location. For example, people in China make their kebabs with chunks of mutton. In Cyprus, kebabs are made with ground pork sausage. Many places in Iran use either lamb or grilled chicken on their kebabs. Common vegetables used for kebabs include grilled zucchini, mushrooms, corn, onions, and peppers. Some unusual kinds of foods people have used include ice cream, pizza, salad, pasta, and a combination of fruit and brownies. As long as the food can be put on a skewer and eaten with one hand, it is considered a kebab!


Restaurants around the world celebrate this day by offering kebab specials. People also host social gatherings that encourage guests to try different types of kebabs. To participate in this delicious day, create your own kebab. Eat a kebab in one hand while waving to someone with your free hand to come get a kebab. Go to a restaurant that serves kebabs. Don’t forget to share your favorite kebab recipe on social media with #WorldKebabDay.


Our team is still researching the origins of this delicious day.

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