Flitch Day, Doghouses, Raspberry Cake, and Daiquiris

July 19, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning bacon lovers. Today is Monday, July 19, 2021. Today is the 200th day of the year, and 165 days remain.

Flitch Day 

Flitch Day is celebrated annually on July 19th. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking right now; “Who or what is a flitch and why are we celebrating it/them?” The answer to that question is what. A flitch is a measurement for bacon equaling half a pig (flitch = side). In the United States, a side of unsliced bacon was once known as a flitch, though now it is known as a slab. An individual slice of bacon is a slice or strip.
An old English custom dating back to 1104 eventually turned into the holiday that today is known as Flitch Day. Any married couple who could prove that they had been faithful and loving to one another for a year and a day was awarded a flitch of bacon.
There are still “flitch trials” today. Great Dunmow is a town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. The town is famous for its quadrennial ritual of the Flitch Trials, in which couples must convince a jury of six local bachelors and six local maidens that they have never wished themselves unwed, and had remained faithful to each other for a year and a day. If proven successful, the couple is then paraded through the High Street and awarded a flitch of bacon.
These days, Flitch Day is always celebrated on the 19th because that is the date when the ceremony was revived after a 103-year hiatus. The custom is ancient and is mentioned in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue Tale and in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
Whatever!!! I’ll celebrate any holiday that involves BACON – no matter how obscure.
Factoid: 
Some linguists credit Flitch Day as being the origin of the phrase “bring home the bacon.”

Get Out of the Doghouse Day 

Get Out of the Doghouse Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday in July each year. As you might expect, this holiday is a holiday to mend fences and move forward in your relationships.
Generally, when you are “in the dog house”, you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the dog house” with a friend or your boss at work. National Get Out of the Dog House Day is an opportunity to use all those good clichés and get you out of Rover’s abode and back into the big house where you belong.
The best way to “get out of the doghouse” is to start a dialogue – and no, don’t send an email or text or another form of electronic media. Celebrate Get Out of the Doghouse Day by sending a hand written apology and/or having a face to face meeting with the offended party. Meet at a favorite coffee-house. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be defensive. Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and try to figure out how you can repair the relationship.

 National Raspberry Cake Day 

National Raspberry Cake Day is celebrated annually on July 19th. You needn’t be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrates raspberry cake.
Raspberries are among the best fruits that nature has to offer. They are a perennial edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus. The name also applies to the plants themselves.
Raspberries are an important commercial fruit crop, widely grown in all temperate regions of the World. Traditionally, raspberries were a midsummer crop, but with new technology, cultivars, and transportation, they can now be obtained year-round. Raspberries need ample sun and water for optimal development.
Combine raspberries with cake, and you truly have a slice of heaven. Raspberries are in season now so why not celebrate National Raspberry Cake Day by baking some raspberries into one of your favorite cake recipes, or topping your favorite cake with some fresh raspberries. Enjoy some for dessert tonight. Don’t forget the whipped cream.

National Daiquiri Day 

National Daiquiri Day is celebrated annually on July 19th. Even if you aren’t a professional mixologist, you should easily be conclude that this holiday celebrates the world-renowned adult tropical beverage – the Daiquiri.
The Daiquiri was invented in 1898 in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox. He came up with the drink, a simple blend of lime juice, sugar, and local Bacardi™ rum over cracked ice as a way to boost the morale of mine workers during the sizzling summer months. The drink was such a success that Cox not only received a generous stipend from the mining company but also a monthly gallon of Bacardi rum from Bacardi.
Today, Daiquiris are still quite popular, but usually in the form of ‘frozen drinks’. There are now Daiquiri mixes available where all you add is the rum and the ice.
So if you want an adult libation to cool off with this afternoon, why not celebrate National Daiquiri Day by having a Daiquiri – either frozen or using Mr. Cox’s original recipe (rum, lime juice, and sugar).
Author’s Note: 
Many people associate the Daiquiri with author Ernest Hemingway because it was his favorite drink.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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