Obscure National Holidays Coming Up This Month!
When you think of April, usually spring and Easter come to mind, right? Believe it or not, there are so many unique and lesser-known April celebrations you can take part in.
National Pretzel Day
National Pretzel Day is a holiday which is celebrated every year on April 26th. It’s a day in which people celebrate the pretzel – a snack that has been enjoyed since the Middle Ages. On this day, people enjoy pretzels in all their forms and discuss which variety is better, hard, or soft pretzels.
In order to fully appreciate Pretzel Day, you first have to dig down to the origins of the pretzel. Which, according to myth, can be traced back to 7th century Italy. Supposedly, this is when monks baked little pieces of dough to give out as rewards to children who memorized their prayers. However, this version of the pretzel origin is currently unconfirmed and there really is no evidence to support it. In order to obtain the first recorded evidence of the pretzel, you have to travel to 12th century Germany. During this time, the pretzel was incorporated into the crests of German baker’s guilds in 1111.
National Babe Ruth Day
A national day where baseball fans can unite, we’re all for National Babe Ruth Day. On April 27th, it’s time to head to the batting cages with the kids and hit some for hours. The day honors one of baseball’s greatest, so it is only fitting that it is accelerated the right way. We’re going to take a closer look into the day, what it means, and why.
When is it? This year (2023) April 27 Thursday
History of National Babe Ruth Day
Born in Baltimore on February 6th 1895, George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr and had a lengthy career that spanned 22 seasons in Major League Baseball. This longevity saw him play for 3 teams and became one of the greatest hitters after starting his career as a pitcher. His teams included the Boston Red Sox where he started out and played between 1914 – 1919, then the New York Yankees between 1920 – 1934 and Boston Braves in 1935.
He earned the nickname as he was part of the Boston Red Sox owner Jack Dunns team, being his newest “babe” to come through the ranks. With 10 World Series to his name and 714 home runs, his stats make him one of the most successful MLB players of all time, even to this day.
He was also one of the first 5 players ever to be inducted into the hall of fame. After he left the Red Sox, the team didn’t win another World Series until 2004. This became known as the curse of the Bambino. He was a hero in New York and led to them having to build a new stadium to accommodate the numerous fans who were turning up to watch the superstar.
National Blueberry Pie Day
National Blueberry Pie Day is a holiday that falls on April 28th and celebrates one of the most delicious of all of the pies being made. Why is this holiday celebrated in April? It’s celebrated in this month because April is the year that the blueberry harvest begins. So, it’s the perfect time to either buy a pie from your favorite purveyor of baked goods or make your own blueberry pie. Either way, be sure to enjoy your blueberry pie with a nice cold glass of milk.
National Teacher Appreciation Day
National Teacher Appreciation Day is a holiday that falls on Tuesday during the first full week of May. This is a day on which everyone can take the time to show their favorite teacher some appreciation on a personal level or to appreciate the work of all teachers everywhere.
When is it? This year (2023) May 2 Tuesday
This is a day that helps to bring attention to the importance of teachers and their part in educating not only our children but everyone who seeks out a better education.