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The first holiday is National Garlic Day on 19th of April. Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. In spite of that fact that this is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. But people still celebrate it. They eat different dishes with garlic and they even drink some drinks that are made of garlic!!! Below you can read some interesting facts about Garlic!
The word garlic comes from Old English garleac, meaning "spear leek." Dating back over 6,000 years, it is native to Central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Egyptians worshipped garlic and placed clay models of garlic bulbs in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Garlic was so highly-prized, it was even used as currency. Folklore holds that garlic repelled vampires, protected against the Evil Eye, and warded off jealous nymphs said to terrorize pregnant women and engaged maidens. Also people thought that garlic repels vampires, cures warts, grows hair, wards off the evil eye, prevents catching the Plague. But let us not forget to mention the alleged aphrodisiacal powers of garlic which have been extolled through the ages.
Surprisingly, garlic was frowned upon by foodie snobs in the United States until the first quarter of the twentieth century, being found almost exclusively in ethnic dishes in working-class neighborhoods. But, by 1940, America had embraced garlic, finally recognizing its value as not only a minor seasoning, but as a major ingredient in recipes.
Quaint diner slang of the 1920's referred to garlic as Bronx vanilla, halitosis, and Italian perfume. Today, Americans alone consume more than 250 million pounds of garlic annually.
Hooray for Garlic Bagels!
I took a garlic bagel to school the other day.
It smelled so much like garlic, all my friends said "Go away!"
So I went out on the playground to eat underneath a tree
and the strangest thing started happening to me.
The leaves, leaves, leaves came falling down till they covered up my feet,
but I didn't really notice. All I wanted was to eat.
Did you know? We all have fears. As a matter of fact, there are so many phobias, that psychologists can hardly keep track of them all. Just so you are well informed, Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic.