FOOD HOLIDAYS: because we really, really, really need another reason to consume more calories, carbohydrates and cupcakes

We explored the merits of National Pastry Day in an earlier posting.  I think.  I can’t really remember too well because I’ve been slowly awakening from a coma that was induced by all the sugar in those darn little morsels of puffy goodness.  That kind of stuff just messes with my gut.

Anyways, it looks like I missed quite a bit while I’ve been recovering.  On Monday, the nation apparently stopped to observe National Coco Day.  On Tuesday, we seemingly recognized some type of holiday dedicated to ice cream and yesterday we must have paid homage to our little aquatic cousins during National Bouillabaisse Day.  Today, of course, is National Cupcake Day.

Somewhere, Kool and his gang are encouraging everyone around the world to celebrate good times, come on.

Food holidays are, thankfully, unofficial holidays.  A number of online commentators seem to be bandwagoning support for these events, but traditional media outlets don’t seem to be providing regular mainstream coverage of these frolics.  They may be growing in popularity, but it’s not like a political office or important official has ever sanctioned an official food holiday.

Right?  Wrong.

On July 2, 1984, the United States Congress passed Senate Joint Resolution 298 (Public Law No. 98-333), which authorized and directed the President to issue a proclamation recognizing not one but two holidays dedicated to ice cream.  On July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued the official proclamation, which stated in part as follows:

Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States.  It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food…

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984, as National Ice Cream Day, and I call upon the people of the United States to observe these events with the appropriate ceremonies and activities.

The International Dairy Foods Association wants you to know that these holidays have been celebrated on an annual basis since 1984.  July has since been known as National Ice Cream Month and  its third Sunday has since been recognized as National Ice Cream Day.  You can check the organization’s media kit for more information.

Anyways, this almost makes me want to find a dark room, sit in the corner, curl in the fetal position and catatonically rock back and forth.  And while I devolve, I’ll try to contemplate the merits of something like National Trans-Fat Appreciation Day, National High Fructose Corn Syrup Day and National Artificial Colors and Flavors Day.  Those sound swell.

One response to “FOOD HOLIDAYS: because we really, really, really need another reason to consume more calories, carbohydrates and cupcakes

  1. wartica December 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree that most holidays give us all another excuse to consume, consume and consume some more. I have gotten better over the years but staying away from all those cookies, cakes, pies is no easy task at all. I have better discipline now that when I see this stuff, all over the house it seems, I just walk right on by without a second’s hesitation. The office , that I currently work at, finds every reason under the sun to celebrate with junk food. It could be a Tuesday, and just for that simple fact, someone will whip out a red velvet cake lol. I just keep on track and just say no…Great post!!

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