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22 April 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Holiday food  
shelleycat and i were discussing what holidays there are that have snacks/food attached to them. Here's what i came up with:

January: New Years Day (General partying, eating, drinking, being merry, etc, but no special food.)
February: Valentines Day (candy hearts and chocolate)
March: St. Patrick's Day (Beer, kinda borderline)
April: Easter (Easter candy)
May: Cindo de Mayo (Mexican food, kinda borderline)
June: Nothing
July: 4th of July (BBQ and picnics, but no special food, kinda borderline)
August: Nothing
September: Nothing
October: Halloween (Halloween candy)
November: Thanksgiving (Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie)
December: Christmas (cookies, candy canes, stocking candy, all kinds of stuff.)

So there are three borderline months (March, May and July) and three entirely barren months (June, August and September.)

March and July could certainly afford to be spiffed up a little (Clover and Fireworks Peeps! ;)

June already has a ready made holiday, so we just need Summer Solstice Snacks. Obviously this would include little sun shaped Peeps. Are there any other foods that would be especially appropriate for it?

August and September are just screwed though. Labor Day cookies? shelleycat suggested Burning Man treats, but i don't think it has enough cultural currency to become a national holiday, especially given how regional it is. (I wonder which is more popular? Burning Man or Talk Like a Pirate Day? =)
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Jacqueline Russell-Terrier: Halloweentikva on April 22nd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
New Year's has champagne. And, um, lentils? Am I remembering that correctly?

Around here, St. Patrick's Day also involves corned beef and cabbage, and sometimes Irish soda bread.

Any month with a Jewish holiday in it has food, including most of the ones you weren't sure about. :)
Kirin: CoffeeAndAlcoholkirinn on April 22nd, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of sub-cultures and cultures from outside the US have traditional New Year's foods, but none of them have really gained the momentum to become ubiquitous in the US (aside from champagne).

There's also a lot more marginally standard xmas foods... fruitcake, ham maybe... not quite as ubiquitous as thanksgiving turkey, though. Speaking of which, don't forget the cranberry sauce.

As for the missing months, if Summer Solstice is good enough for June, then Fall Equinox works for September. It's right around my birthday, too. Cakequinox ahoy!

August should clearly find some excuse for popsicles.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on April 22nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Black-eyed peas. And you live in the South! Mom always did kielbasa and sauerkraut.
An anonymous kittysome_kitten on April 22nd, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Fall Cakequinox AND Spring Cakequinox! It's a little after my birthday, but Cakequinox is a sufficiently awesome concept that it should happen semi-annually.
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 23rd, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Cakequinox sounds awesome :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 23rd, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
As i said in response to ceph's comment, whoever's in charge of judaism really needs to get to work on their marketing skills if they want their holidays to become merchandising extravaganzas the likes of the major holidays :)
cwendy41cwendy41 on April 22nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Sometimes Easter is in March. In that case, you'd have to find something for April.
cwendy41cwendy41 on April 22nd, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Also, Memorial Day/4th July/Labor Day bbqs for the odd numbered summer months.
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 23rd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
But the 4th of July has a prior claim on BBQ! ;)
nonseqmenagerie on April 22nd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Not real holidays, but they'd be fun :)
Fun June holidays:
June 1 - Donut Day
June 3 - Egg Day
June 4 - Cheese Day
June 5 - Gingerbread Day
June 10th - Iced Tea Day
June 16th - Fudge Day
June 17th - Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 18th - Picnic Day
June 20 - Ice Cream Soda day
June 26 - Chocolate Pudding day

More widely celebrated June holidays:
June 14th - Flag Day
June 21 - Father's Day

August holidays

2 - Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Mustard Day
3 - Watermelon Day
4 - Champagne Day, Chocolate Chip Day
6 - Root Beer Float Day
10 - S'Mores Day
14 - Creamsicle Day, Marshmallow Toasting Day
19 - Potato Day
25 - Banana Split Day
Squidceph on April 22nd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
You can increase your food options and coverage if you broaden your cultural net a bit: Chinese New Year, Holi and Diwali, Purim and Passover and Rosh Hashanah...also, what about Mardi Gras?

I admit, few people seem to have much going on in June. I will have to lobby for my birthday to be a national holiday.
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 23rd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, forgot about Chinese New Year. In fact, most people forget about Chinese New Year, in large part because the date for it keeps wandering around =P I don't think Easter would have survived if not for massive cultural supremacy.

Does Mardi Gras have a traditional food?

As for the rest, if those cultures want to have their holidays be a national merchandising opportunity they really need to get to work on their propaganda :)
Squidceph on April 23rd, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Does Mardi Gras have a traditional food?

Well, there's king cake. And beer. Oh, and pancakes! Mardi Gras is also called Shrove Tuesday, which is traditionally when you use up all the stuff you're not supposed to eat during Lent by making pancakes.
cwendy41cwendy41 on April 23rd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
If you want to be culturally correct, it would really be called "Lunar New Year". Some of my Korean and Vietnamese friends get a bit offended when people say "Chinese New Year" around them. Different cultures eat different foods for Chines--er--Lunar New Year.
Avaniavani on April 22nd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I thought everyone did pork and sauerkraut on New Year's. Is it just a Pennsylvania thing?
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 23rd, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Uh, i've never heard of that before.
Coraacoraa on April 22nd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
I think corned beef and cabbage is pretty common on St. Patrick's Day. At least, everywhere I've lived (Idaho, California and Washington) the supermarkets stock up/have specials on the relevant ingredients.

New Year's I think champagne is the only one that's universal enough to name. There are a lot of regional cultural food customs, but I don't think any of them have gained general traction in the USA.

You might be able to claim barbecue for Memorial Day and Labor Day, but that's really borderline.
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 23rd, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
"You might be able to claim barbecue for Memorial Day and Labor Day, but that's really borderline."

Yeah, especially since i think 4th of July has a slightly better claim to "BBQ day" if you really want to count that as a holiday food, and it's a little silly to have repeats (aside from Peeps ;)
Andrewneonelephant on April 25th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
February also has Super Bowl Sunday, traditional foods for which include pizza :-)