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National Pretzel Day

National Pretzel Day

If you love a Pretzel, then National Pretzel Day on April 26 is the day for you. Pretzels, somewhat surprisingly, got their start in the Catholic Church. Sometime around the 7th Century A.D., monks presented their students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms. At the time, crossing one’s arms was the traditional posture for prayer. Not only that, but pretzels, made from water, flour, and salt, were also the perfect food for Lent — when meat, dairy, and eggs were prohibited. So there you have some National Pretzel Day history — with a twist!

HISTORY OF NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY
The origin of the pretzel dates back to 7th-century Catholic churches. The rules of abstinence and fasting during Lent were much stricter than today, forbidding Catholics from consuming dairy, eggs, or meat. This led to the creation of pretzels, which were the perfect food to eat without violating any rules, and they were easy to prepare.

The unique knotted shape of pretzels became a symbol of union in Switzerland in 1614, with weddings of royal couples featuring pretzels to represent the bond of matrimony. According to legend, this may also be where we get the phrase “tying the knot” from. The shape of a pretzel is also thought to signify joined hands during prayer.

Today, pretzels are enjoyed as a snack and are a popular item on concession stands at carnivals, charcuterie boards, and all types of events. Hard pretzels are a relatively new invention, considered to have been first created in Pennsylvania by German immigrants.

For this reason, pretzels are so beloved by Pennsylvanians, that the Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell established April 26 as National Pretzel Day in 2003. Also, Pennsylvanians eat more pretzels per capita than any other state in the United States.

NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY ACTIVITIES
1.Go Bavarian
Did you need an excuse to head to your nearest ‘biergarten’? You have one now. What better way to showcase pretzels, than with some good mustard, beer, and friends?

2.Pretzel crawl
Chances are, there are many restaurants and bars in your area showing off their pretzel prowess. Why not make a night of it and test out the local options?

3.DIY(P)
Watch one of the many YouTube videos and make your own pretzels. You’ll be left feeling very satisfied at the end.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY
A. One word: Carbs
There’s something oh-so satisfying about the carb-y insides, the toothsome exterior crust, and the crunchy salt on top. Pretzels bring together a bunch of taste sensations that make it a very enjoyable snack—any time of day.

B. Two words: Dipping sauce
Pretzels are just fun to eat. Hard or soft, and on their own. But they really go to the next level when you pair them with things like peanut butter, cheese sauce, mustard, and chocolate.

C. They’re cheap, too
Most pretzels, wherever you are, don’t cost more than $5. Whether you’re at the park, office, or mall — this handy snack can power you through the day.

References:

“National Pretzel Day” │ https://nationaltoday.com/national-pretzel-day/

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