During International Hummus Day which is celebrated every 13th of May each year, people all over the world recognize the delicious flavor of the combination of blended chickpeas, spices, and olive oil. These popular ingredients have been enjoyed by people for ages already, especially in the North African countries and the Middle East countries. But it has already become popular across the globe. Hummus can be used in a variety of ways but the most common one is as a spread or a dip. This event, according to people, is just as fun as celebrating National Greasy Foods Day.
What is Hummus Day?
Hummus is a spread or food dip made from cooked chickpeas or other beans, olive oil, tahini, garlic, salt, and lemon juice. It has become popular all over the world not just because of its delicious taste but also because it is meat-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. That means no one can be allergic to this special food. People often use this as a spread to their sandwich or as a dip to the various dishes they make. International Hummus Day gives honor to this special food that a lot of people love. During this day, various activities related to hummus are conducted by the people.
International Hummus Day has a rich history. However, the history of the hummus itself is quite conflicted.
What is the history of hummus?
According to records from historians, hummus was first mentioned in the 13th century. Although it was all about the origin of this name, the one who mentioned it first is quite unclear. The origin of this term is also quite unknown to us.
The problem with historical accounts about the hummus is that the place of origin of this dish is quite conflicted. In fact, in 2008, the countries of Israel and Lebanon fought over where the hummus dish was first created. Of course, Lebanon said it was from them while Israel argued that the dish originated from their country. Unfortunately, it was not well-settled.
What is the history of International Hummus Day?
Regardless of where the hummus dish started, the important thing now is that we all love to eat it. We love it so much that we dedicate a special day just for celebrating this dish. That is why in 2012, International Hummus Day was created by Ben Lang. According to him, the purpose of this day is to unite people around the world through the hummus dish. We all love eating it so why not enjoy eating it together on a specific day?
When is International Hummus Day?
This holiday is always celebrated on the 13th of May each year. This means that we are going to celebrate this special day on May 13.
How to Celebrate?
Various activities are conducted by people during this special day of celebration. it is just so fun to have one day of celebration all about the hummus dish which we all love. Many activities are conducted by people during this day to celebrate it in the best way possible as people do in National Rice Cake Day.
Create a Really Good Hummus
One thing you can do to celebrate this special day is by creating a really good hummus. You can find some guidance from a cookbook or a recipe online that can teach you how to make good hummus. Once made, you can store that hummus in a jar that you can use whenever you want it as a spread on a sandwich or as a dip to a chip.
Purchase the Best Hummus Available Near You
If you don’t have time to make your own hummus, then another thing that you can do is to purchase the best hummus near you. Perhaps you can go to a local store or a grocery shop and find the most delicious hummus available there. For sure, these shops will stock up they are supplied with hummus since they expect that a lot of people will demand this dish during this special day.
Celebrate On Social Media
You can also take your celebration on social media. Perhaps what you can do is to use the hashtag #InternationalHummusDay to let your friends and followers know that you are taking part in the celebration of this special event.
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The celebration of this day cannot be maxed out if you don’t share facts for the International Hummus Day. Some interesting facts for this are:
- Hummus is actually an aphrodisiac. It contains arginine which increases natural blood circulation.
- There is actually a Canadian couple who lived off with only hummus for 8 weeks. They survived! Though of course, this is not a recommended diet considering the fact that our body needs much more nutrients than the ones hummus provides.
- The hummus industry in America catapulted into mainstream fame.