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National Days Guide – Honoring Special Days with Food, Fun and Crafts

Do you know that every day of the year has at least one national day associated with it? Here at Always the Holidays, we love to celebrate all of the national days with crafts, food and fun ideas.

This National Days guide is your go-to page for all the cool facts about crazy, foodie and fun national days.

This page grows every week, as I do new tutorials, round ups and recipes to celebrate these fun days.

Be sure to check back often to see what new national day has been added to the list.Celebrating National Days


What is a national day?

A national day is a day of the year which is celebrated by nations and countries around the world in a special way.

Traditionally, the words “national days” were used to celebrate days when a country became independent, but in modern times, we often use the word for trending and popular topics. What are national days?

Many of the foodie national days are celebrated with food and drink, but other national days are observed in many different ways.

There are hundreds of popular national days celebrated in the USA and around the world.  Some tie in closely with popular national holidays, and others tie in with the weather or with popular monthly trends.

There are so many popular days out there, that it’s next to impossible for a single site to list them all.

Here at Always the Holidays, I choose the ones that fit in with some of my own personal likes – food, drinks nature and decor.

Are national days official?

Both holidays and national days can be either official of unofficial.  In order for it to be an official day, it must be sanctioned by the government.

Many of the national days are unofficial – i.e. a person or a company came up with the day it and it just took off with other people.Us Capital Building

There is even a day (March 26) called Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. This day is for people to think up of a thing, person, animal, phrase, or food and create a holiday to celebrate it with their friends.

Many times national days become popular because they are celebrated on social media with special hashtags. #nationalday #internationalday are two and each national day also has its own hashtag.

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More and more companies and websites are now allowing people to submit ideas for new national days.

With so many national days to consider, I have divided my list of the pages of information about the various national days into main topics to make it easier for you to find your favorite.

This page is updated almost weekly with new information as I add new posts to the site. Be sure to keep checking back to see what is new this week.

National days associated with food and drink

With so many tasty food ideas, it’s no wonder that many national days are associated with food in some way. 

And since, I love to eat, it’s no surprise that many of the national day pages on my site focus on food.

Check these tasty national days for some inspiration for your next gathering.Foodie National Days

Pasta food national days

Do you love Pasta?  Celebrate these pasta inspired national days with us.

Sweet treat national days

Give your sweet tooth a boost with these tasty dessert inspired National Food Days.Food holidays to tempt your sweet tooth

It’s the main course time for food holidays

These main course food holidays will have the whole family trying something new for dinner tonight.Food Holidays to Celebrate all year long

Snacking national food holidays

Grab a snack and setting down for movie night with these snack inspired food national days.

Don’t forget the drinks national holidays!

It’s not just food that gets a national day. Lots of drinks do too!National Days for Drinks

Sides galore get a national food day

Flesh out your meals with these side dishes food holidays.

Breakfast inspired food holidays

Breakfast is the first meal of the day and the perfect time to celebrate these early morning food holidays.

  • Canadian Bacon Day is celebrated on March 3.  Find out how to use it in breakfast and other recipes.
  • This breakfast treat is so popular it has two days names after it!  Check out fun facts of International Waffle Day and also National Waffle Day.
  • October 29 is National Oatmeal Day. Try these caramel apple oatmeal bars for a tasty dessert.

Calendars of national food holidays

Each month has its own list of national food days.  

There are too many national food days to list them all here, so I have pages devoted to each month. You can find them here:

More to come soon!!

Holiday themed national days

Each of the holidays have their own traditional day on the calendar, but around holiday time, there are also many national days that celebrate one aspect of them. 

Wondering why gingerbread is associated with Christmas, why Cupid is a Valentine’s Day symbol, or why pumpkins are symbols of Thanksgiving and also Halloween? 

Check out these holiday themed national days for more information.Holiday Themed National Days

The beginning of the Chinese New Year is celebrated on a day in January of February each year. It is based on a lunar calendar that is a part of the Chinese Zodiac.

The calendar features 12 animals in a repeating cycle. 2021 is considered the Year of the Ox.

On November 21, we celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day. Find out more about this tasty day and get a special gingerbread cookie recipe.

National Gingerbread House day is December 12.  This posts will give you some inspiration for your gingerbread project.

Recipes to celebrate Oktoberfest,  a European Fall holiday that is observed around the world.

October 31 is not just about Halloween. It’s also Carve a Pumpkin Day. Find out more about the day and learn some interesting pumpkin facts.

Celebrate Pumpkin Cheesecake Day for the Thanksgiving holiday with these Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins.

What would the holidays be without ham? Use up those leftovers from the holidays with one of these recipes for National Glazed Ham Day .

Cinco de Mayo is a great time to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day .  Check out one of these delicious recipes for home made tortilla chips, nachos and dip ideas.

While October 31 is normally associated with Halloween, another holiday – Samhain is still sometimes practiced. This is because the traditions of Samhain are steeped in the spiritual history of Halloween.

Both Halloween and Thanksgiving seem to feature this popular candy. Candy Corn Day is October 30. I have several recipes that you could use to celebrate this fun day:

All Saint’s Day comes on the day after Halloween, November 1, and leads to another spiritual day – All Soul’s Day on November 2. While neither are practiced as normal holidays, they are both very important religious people.

National days for animals

Animals are a popular topic when it comes to celebrating national days.  This category is new to my calendar. Be sure to check out soon for more national days articles about our furry and lovable friends.National Days about Animals

Animal Cracker Day is such a fun day. Kids and the young at hear will enjoy celebrating with one of these fun recipes.

March 23 does double duty. It’s celebrated as National Puppy Day and also Cuddly Kitten Day.

April 2 is celebrated as National Ferret Day. This highly intelligent animal has been domesticated for centuries. Find out more about the ferret.

Bond with your furry friend for National Pet Day on April 11. Buy a treat, take a walk, visit a shelter!

Grab a blanket and a picnic basket on April 23 for National Picnic Day.

The last Saturday in April is honored as Go Birding Day. Get your binoculars and go bird watching!

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this year for National Groundhog Day? Find out all about this fun national day.

Put down the electronics and get out the books for Dr. Seuss Day (also known as National Read Across America Day.)

Get some fun facts about the mythical creature unicorn on April 9 for National Unicorn Day.

Time to Take care of the planet for National Earth Day each year in April.

August 17 is set aside each year in honor of a misunderstood pet.  Check out Black Cat Appreciation Day for more details

Find out more about the (almost) lost art of letter writing on December 7, which is celebrated each year as National Letter Writing Day. 

Unusual national days of the year

It is not just food, holidays and animals that get their turn with National Days.  Some normal day to day inventions, business and items get a turn too.Unusual National Days of the year.

If you love trivia, you’ll be interested in these interesting National Days of the year.

Don’t let those New Year goals go by the wayside, January 12 is Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution Day. Get some ideas for achieving your goals.

Another day that deals with your early goals is Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day. Find out why this day exists!

Decorate your cars, books and windows with a sticker for National Sticker Day on January 13.

Put de-cluttering on your list of New Year’s Resolutions just in time for Organize Your Home Day on January 14.

Start spinning some records in honor of National Disc Jockey Day on January 20.

Get our your pen and put it to paper. It’s National Handwriting Day on January 23.

Tell your special person how much you love them on National Spouses Day – January 26.

January 29 is National Puzzle Day. Whether you prefer Sudoku, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles or word games like Scrabble, today is the day to celebrate them!

The first Sunday in February is celebrated as Super Bowl Sunday. Find out all about the big game and get some recipes to serve, too.

If you are nursing a headache the day after Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll love to find out about National Football Hangover Day.

Get Out Your Guitar Day is celebrated on February 11 each year. Are you a guitar player? You will love this day!

Galentine’s Day, celebrated on February 13 each year, is a great day to get together and honor your gal pals. 

February 20 honors the bookcase in an organized way. It’s National Clean out Your Bookcase Day. Does yours need a good organization? Find out some tips and tricks.

March 2 is National Old Stuff Day. What old items can you get rid of in your life?

Forget about mobile phones for one day! March 10 is National Landline Telephone day.

Pucker up! It’a National Kiss Your Fiancé Day on March 20.

March 22 is the day to forget about responsibilities and duties. It’s National Goof Off Day!

Put a smile on your face on March 27 by celebrating Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day.

One of America’s favorite games gets to be honored on National Scrabble Day.

Brush up on you knowledge of the leader in the fast food industry for McDonalds Day.

April 19 is the day to turn off your drier and take your clothes outside. It’s National Hanging Out Day!

Step into another dimension on May 11 to honor National Twilight Zone Day.

You won’t believe the changes everyone’s favorite spud has gone through. Find out on National Mr. Potato Head Day – April 30.

Time to step away from the keyboard and grab a writing utensil. June 10 is National Ballpoint Pen Day!

Grab some bait and a fishing pole, June 18 is National Go Fishing Day.

Find out about the lazy, lasagna loving cat on National Garfield the Cat Day – June 19.

Get some history on the development of the color television for National Color TV day – June 25.

Remember making old movies with VHS tapes?  Discover more about National VCR day, celebrated on June 7.

July 8 is Be A Kid Again Day. Discover some suggestions to celebrate the day and find some be like a child quotes to share with friends.

August 6 is celebrated each year as National Gossip Day. Do you gossip? Should you gossip? Find out what we think on Always the Holidays.

National days about fashion and clothing

Every part of our society and lifestyle seems to have a national day devoted to it – even clothing and fashion.  Brush up on your knowledge with these posts:Celebrate national days for clothing and fashion.

Is your spring weather still cold?  It’s time for National Earmuff Day on March 13.

If you wear blue jeans, you’ll want to learn about National Zipper Day on April 29.

Find out about the turning of the tassel for National Graduation Tassel Day on May 17.

The bikini is a common sight on the beach but this wasn’t always the case. Find out about the history of the bikini and learn more about early two piece swimsuits for National Bikini Day on July 5.

Are you a music fan? August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day. Find out more about the history of vinyl records here.

National days about gardening

Looking for a peaceful way to relax in nature. National Garden Meditation Day is the perfect day to do this.  Find out the history of this day and get some tips for creating a meditation garden.

Flower lovers around the country will be delighted to learn about National Orchid Day. Find out all about this flower and check out an orchid picture gallery, too.

What do carnations and US presidents have in common? Read our post on National Carnation Day to learn the answer, plus more carnation facts!

When it’s almost spring, it’s a good time to celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day. Find out about the man who spread the Apple Tree across our country.

If you love roses, you’re in luck. There are several national days devoted to them including National Red Rose Day, World Rose Day, and Rose Day. Make sure to check out our facts about roses post for more info.

Need more inspiration?

If you enjoy reading and celebrating all the national days as much as I do, and want some more  some inspiration, be sure to check out my national days board on Pinterest.  It has loads of pins for articles about the topic.

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Monthly calendars of national days

I’m currently putting together a calendar for each month of the year as a place to learn about all the national days of the year.  Check out these pages for the calendars that I have finished.National Days Calendars

I am working on the other months of the year and they will be ready soon.  Be sure to check back soon for updates.

Just for the foodies!

If you are a foodie, I have some special national day calendars just for you.

Each month has its own list of foodie national days and each month celebrates different food holidays. Here are some other foodie national day calendars that feature only food holidays to honor with your favorite recipes:

More to come later!

Monthly printable calendars

If you would like a printable calendar of national days for the month, you can find them here:

More to come soon!

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