To celebrate food is to celebrate life. Made of dough and shaped into a knot; crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, that is how we define the pretzel. The Pretzel is a treat of German origin that eventually gained immense popularity for its weird appearance and distinct taste. While pretzels are generally a bit salty or cinnamony in taste, but they do vary in type and flavour. Every year, 26th April is celebrated as National Pretzel Day in the United States; despite being German in origin, the pretzel was largely accepted into american culture.
History behind the Pretzel and National Pretzel Day:
First let us check out the origin of the pretzel. While many claim that the pretzel first originated in Germany, a few evidences point otherwise. Some believe that it was an Italian monk who invented the pretzel in 610 AD to reward little children who learnt their prayers. Another theory states that the pretzel originates from a french monastery, where it was invented to have a religious significance. But records state that the pretzel was first introduced to the United States of America by the Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants in the 19th century. But whatever the case, National Pretzel Day was born in Pennsylvania on 26th April 2003, introduced by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to celebrate how the pretzel had impacted the state’s culture and economy.
Facts about Pretzels:
The term ‘pretzel’ originates from the word ‘pretiola’, which means ‘little reward’ in latin. Unsalted pretzels are known as ‘baldies’. It is estimated that Americans consume an average of around 2 pounds of pretzels per year. Around $500 million worth of pretzels are alone sold in the United States of America. Pretzels once had a very important symbolic meaning as it was used to represent the Baker’s Guild in the 12th century.
How to celebrate National Pretzel Day:
National Pretzel Day is celebrated in the United States by going out to a pretzel store like Auntie Anne’s, Wetzel’s and Philly Pretzel Factory, and trying out some of their freshly baked, delicious pretzels. Some of them even give off free pretzels to celebrate National Pretzel Day! Don’t forget to snap pictures and post them on social media #NationalPretzelDay. One could also have fun on National Pretzel Day by involving the whole family in making home-made pretzels; just google the recipe and instructions, and off you go!
Why is it important to celebrate National Pretzel Day?
It is important to celebrate National Pretzel Day. National Pretzel Day is not just a regular holiday, it is a day that celebrates the history, culture and significance of pretzels (particularly at Pennsylvania). But it also celebrates life as we take time off our daily monotony to remind ourselves that sometimes we do need a healthy distraction that offers us a change in pace and perception. To give a person a pretzel on National Pretzel Day or to share it with your loved one makes that pretzel live up to its name of ‘little reward’.
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