April 19, 2021 – National Garlic Day | National North Dakota Day

How Many Nicknames Can One State Have? Apparently, As Many As It Likes!

Welcome to April 19, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate strong seasonings and the Peace Garden State. 

For date nights, it’s best to avoid eating anything with garlic in it. Unless your date involves hunting vampires. Folktales and superstitions vary around the world, but one of the things most everyone agrees on is that garlic is a good vampire deterrent. These blood suckers supposedly have heightened senses, which would explain why they would hate the smell so much. But there may be more to the legend. Garlic has medicinal properties and traditionally has been pretty easy to come by, even for the poor. So what better way to keep people from freaking out about monsters than to tell them some everyday item could keep them safe? On National Garlic Day, enjoy some of this strong-smelling seasoning…stakes and crosses optional. 

Today we also celebrate the great state of North Dakota otherwise known as the Peace Garden State. The International Peace Garden, established in 1932 overlaps both the United States and Canada and was created to honor the lasting peace between the two nations.  North Dakota is also known as the Rough Rider state in honor of the cavalry brigade that fought in the Spanish American War alongside Theodore Roosevelt.  Roosevelt, himself would later say that he would not have been President had it not been for his experience in North Dakota. We are also known as the flickertail state after the squirrel that is prevalent here.  On National North Dakota Day take time to learn about all the things that make our state great and worthy of celebration! 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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