I am not quite sure why a country would need to declare a National Waffle Day. Why dedicate a single day to waffles’ greatness, when every day can celebrate the wonderful waffle. At least at Endlessly Waffle, that’s how we roll. To get a better idea as to why we even need just one day to celebrate waffles, let’s learn about the background of this day…
As much as us Americans love our waffles, it seems that the Swedes do too. They also have a Waffle Day on March 25 which is known as, Our Lady’s Day. Apparently, “our lady’s day” in Swedish (Vårfrudagen) sounds a lot like how you say, “Waffle Day” in Swedish (Våffeldagen), which I suppose is reason enough to make a holiday. Since Sweden is the only other country who cares so much about waffles as the Americans do, March 25 is in fact, International Waffle Day so that we can celebrate together with our waffle-loving pals overseas.
However, today’s National Waffle Day is different from International Waffle Day. The reason for the difference in dates is that for the Swedes, “because on March 25th the women of Sweden would set aside their winter tasks like chopping wood and knitting, and began their spring tasks… the most notable of which was preparing waffles.” I don’t know about you, but if your most important task to prepare for a new season was to prepare waffles, I would think it should call for some sort of showcasing.
In the U.S., we have chosen August 24 to celebrate waffles, because that is the date in which the amazing invention of the waffle iron was patented.
So there you have it- today is the American National Waffle Day! Enjoy!