Donuts: Be it glazed or flavoured or filled or fried, we just can’t have enough of it. Donuts are the real deal! Probably one of the best treats that you could ever buy. Donuts have been around for quite some time and they are a treat enjoyed by all ages. Donuts come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavours! They are a treat enjoyed all over the world, in lots of countries. National Donut Day is celebrated each year on the month of June and on first Friday . This year it falls on June 5th. This article has all that you need to know about National Donut Day.
History behind National Donut day
National Donut Day was born in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. It was conducted to help people suffering during the Great Depression and to honour the ‘lassies’ who served donuts to the Salvation Army during World War I. In World War II, Red Cross Volunteers distributed donuts to the soldiers. So the National Donut Day has great significance, rather than just being a regular holiday. National Donut Day is, in a way, a heartwarming reminder to soldiers of World Wars I and II of the great times they spent with their regiments!
Origin of the Donut
Despite the presence of evidence, there are a lot of contradictions with regard to the origin of the donut. The earliest claim for the origin of the donut is it being a Dutch dessert brought by Dutch settlers to the U.S., when they migrated there. The earliest mention of the word ‘doughnut’ was in an 1803 volume in the appendix of American recipes, according to anthropologist Paul R. Mullins. The word also appeared in a Boston Times newspaper article titled ‘fire cakes and doughnuts’, that was published in 1808. Doughnuts were also referenced in Washington Irving;s History of New York, which was published in 1809. Print ads for doughnuts have existed in the United States of America since 1896. The first known printed use of the word ‘donut’ was in George W. Peck’s 1900 novel: ‘Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa’.
How to celebrate National Donut day?
National Donut Day is celebrated very grandly in the United States:
- Donut shops give out a free donut to passersby and customers on National Donut Day.
- Try to bake a donut at home with the family, if you are up for some adventure!
- Share some delicious donuts with family and friends.
- Click a selfie and use the hashtag: #nationaldonutday
- Try out different varieties of donuts!
Why celebrate National Donut day?
National Donut day is more than just a holiday celebrating a food. It is a day that celebrates America’s victory in World Wars I and II. It honours the people who served during the war, even the ones back home! So it’s not a day to be celebrated only by soldiers but by civilians as well. We may know the different kinds of donuts that exists, it’s time we also learnt the true history behind it!
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