Why Do We Have Two National Donut Days?

National Donut Day

The first Friday of June and Nov. 5 are both National Donut Day. Which is the real one?

Back on the first Friday of June, we got all excited when we woke up to National Donut Day — it felt like Christmas morning, only better, because it was filled with donuts. Now here we are on Nov. 5, and it’s National Donut Day again. We think donuts are great and all, but does that really mean they deserve two national holidays?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the onslaught of food holidays — and confused by the repeats — stay right here. We are going to get to the bottom of this double donut day fiasco. First and foremost, let’s talk about National Donut Day (the one that happened in June) and why it exists.

The summertime National Donut Day is one of the more legitimate food holidays out there. It was established by the Salvation Army way back in 1938 to honor the Dough Lassies, female volunteers who made donuts for soldiers serving overseas as a way to boost morale. It was a successful effort and led soldiers to use the slogan “doughnuts will win the war!”

Now for the murkier of the two holidays, the National Donut Day on Nov. 5. That holiday was, like so many of the other food holidays, completely fabricated by national food councils as a way to sell goods. These holidays often have no rhyme or reason to them.

In fact, many of them were made up by one lone man: John-Bryan Hopkins, a food writer from Birmingham who runs the site Foodimentary.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post