Gibberish, Fried Rice, String Cheese, Pepperoni Pizza, and Punch

September 20, 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 fans of unintelligible nonsense. Today is Monday, September 20, 2021. Today is the 263rd day of the year, and 102 days remain.

Gibberish Day 

Gibberish Day is celebrated each year on September 20th. You needn’t be a wordsmith to ascertain that this holiday celebrates gibberish. Dictionary.com defines gibberish as meaningless, unintelligible, obscure, pretentious, or technical talk or writing. Gibberish may be random speech sounds that mean nothing, or it may be speech that means something, but is a specific jargon that not many people understand. The word gibberish was first used in the early 16th century, and the name may be an onomatopoeia of what unintelligible speech may sound like.
Some comedians make a career out of speaking gibberish. The same holds true for our government officials and their minions. With the daily dose of claptrap emanating from our President and the so-called “mainstream media”, I can think of no more appropriate time to celebrate this holiday.
Gibberish Day affords us the opportunity to join in and celebrate with a little gibberish of your own, and celebrating Gibberish Day couldn’t be easier — Simply sprinkle a little gibberish into your conversations today. If you are unclear about exactly what speaking gibberish entails, merely watch the news on your favorite TV network or listen to talk radio. The meaning of gibberish will then become abundantly clear to you.

National Fried Rice Day 

National Fried Rice Day is celebrated annually on September 20th. You don’t need a vivid imagination to deduce that this holiday celebrates fried rice – a staple in Asian cuisine for millennia. The Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant chain, Benihana, created Fried Rice Day in 2018 to celebrate their signature dish.
Fried rice first appeared in China’s Sui Dynasty somewhere around 600 AD. The dish quickly spread throughout Asia and now, every Asian culture has a version of fried rice. Hokkien and Yangzhou fried rice are popular varieties of this meal in Greater China. The Japanese have a derivative of the Chinese fried rice called ‘chāhan.’ Southeast Asia boasts similar Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian fried rice variations called ‘nasi goreng’. Thailand has Khao phat’. All are variations of the original Chinese fried rice recipes.
While Fried rice is generally enjoyed in Chinese restaurants here in America, it is homemade dish throughout most of Asia – with several variations. Fried rice is typically prepared with long-grained rice, onions, carrots, peas, and eggs. It often also includes leftover meat such as beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp [or other leftover seafood].
Fried rice is the quintessential guilty pleasure. So, to celebrate National Fried Rice Day, simply enjoy some fried rice today.

National String Cheese Day 

National String Cheese Day Is celebrated annually on September 20th. You don’t need to be a turophile to deduce that this holiday celebrates, for some odd reason, string cheese. Galbani Cheese created National String Cheese Day in 2017 – with the intention of creating a way to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese.
Food historians believe that String Cheese was invented by Frank Baker of Baker Cheese in St. Cloud, Wisconsin, in 1976. Baker Cheese had originally made cheddar cheese, but switched to making only mozzarella, to fill the demand for cheese for pizza that had been fueled by the proliferation of take-out pizza establishments in the Midwest. Originally the mozzarella was made in large loaves or blocks, but customers wanted to snack on the cheese when they weren’t eating pizza and needed something more convenient. Frank Baker didn’t want to get into the market of cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese, which other companies were already doing, and decided to tinker until he came up with something different. His original string cheese looked like a twisted rope, and he tried it out at bars and parties to see if it was liked. Within a few years, the cheese took its, now familiar, cylindrical form. He also found that individual packaging for each string of cheese lengthened its shelf life, and it became popular across the country. It is possible that other companies came up with string cheese around the same time as Baker, but there is no specific evidence of this.
Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks, there’s no denying that you will also call it delicious. Pack it for a picnic. Have it on a hike. Pass it out for a team snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without some String Cheese.
String Cheese is a fun, easy and protein-packed food that is easily portable, so it’s popular with both kids and adults. Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of string cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (You have to admit, it is kind of fun to play with your food without recrimination). Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick.
Whichever method you choose, celebrate National String Cheese Day by indulging in some string cheese today.

Pepperoni Pizza Day 

Pepperoni Pizza Day is celebrated each year on September 20th. As you can easily glean from its name, this holiday celebrates one the mainstays of pizza culture – the Pepperoni Pizza. Pepperoni Pizza is the single most popular variety of pizza in the world, most especially in America.
Though pizza has been around for centuries and it is thought that it originated in ancient Sardinia, what we know as pizza today originated about 2000 years ago with Roman Soldiers who added olive oil and cheese to Matzah bread. The first time the word ‘pizza’ came into use was in the 16th-Century, describing a food thought fit only for peasants. In 1889, Raffaele Esposito presented the Queen consort of Italy a “Pizza Margherita”, flatbread topped with basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes – the colors of which were selected to represent the Italian Flag. After being served to nobility, the popularity of the pizza grew and it quickly became one of the most popular foods in the world.
To celebrate Pepperoni Pizza Day, you don’t have to settle on just plain Pepperoni Pizza. You can add as many different toppings as you like – as long as the main topping is Pepperoni.

National Punch Day 

National Punch Day is celebrated annually on September 20th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates, oddly enough, “punch”. More accurately, it celebrates the word “punch” – which allegedly comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” which means “five.”
Punch received this name because it was made with five ingredients: spirits (originally a fermented drink called arrack), lemons or limes, sugar, water, and tea or spices. Sailors and employees of the British East India Company brought punch from India to the United Kingdom in the early 17th century, and from there it spread to other European countries, and then to the West Indies and the North American Colonies. It is now one of the most popular party drinks in the world.
Recipes for today’s punches are similar to those from the 17th century. Punch is often served in a large punch bowl, and an alcohol-free version is popular at children’s parties. Today there are hundreds of different punch recipes – a quick online search will prove it. Many of them still incorporate the five key ingredients: base (alcohol), citrus, sugar, water, and spice.
To celebrate National Punch Day, make a batch of your favorite punch today. Be sure to make a “kid-friendly” batch also so your whole family can celebrate with you.
Author’s Note:
Soft drink manufacturers today distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages. Typically they are red and despite the name, they only contain a small fraction of actual fruit juice with the major constituents being sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors.

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

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