Bizzare Holidays in 2021: Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - When, How to celebrate?
|Every year on Feb 18, people eat ice cream to support the fighting, remember the resting & party on with the survivors of childhood cancer. Photo: Photo: Facebook|
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is one of the more serious, serving to increase awareness about childhood cancer, as cited by Days of the Year. For children for whom every day is a blessing, it only makes sense to indulge in life’s little pleasures, and Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast day brings that opportunity to everyone.
“Life’s short, eat Dessert First” is a phrase that has been bandied about by a lot of people for reasons both flippant and serious.
When is National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?
Celebrated the same day every year, February 18th
Type of Holiday?
Unofficial. Fun Holiday.
History of Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
A Minnesota family says they are overwhelmed by the number of people participating in “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” meant to honor their daughter who died of cancer, and other pediatric patients fighting the disease.
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The holiday is more than an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth. The Peterson family from Forest Lake, Minnesota, started the tradition to honor their daughter, Malia, who died after a battle with cancer in 2010, as cited by Dayton Daily News. The 9-year-old girl loved to have ice cream for breakfast.
Malia Grace was just 9 when she died in December 2010 after a 14-month battle with cancer. In 2013, her family decided to honor her with about 50 family and friends joining a virtual birthday party for Malia and sharing photos of themselves eating ice cream on Facebook, MyFoxDetroit.com reported.
"In grand Malia style, it's become so much bigger than our little family," said Annette Peterson, Malia's mother. "There are now people literally around the world who are going to join us in eating ice cream to honor, cheer on, and remember all the childhood cancer warriors they know."
Since then, “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” has become an international event, with people from more than 83 countries partaking in the social media sharing in 2020.
“For those close to us it’s about celebrating Malia’s birthday, but in grand Malia style it’s become so much bigger than our little family,” Annette told the news station. “There are now people literally around the world who are going to join us in eating ice cream to honor, cheer on and remember all the childhood warriors they know,” she said.
“Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” is being celebrated on Feb. 18, 2015, and even actor Kevin Bacon sent in a photo for it. Participants are being asked to share their photos using the hashtags #icecreamforbreakfast and #kidsgetcancertoo.
First celebrated by a group of close friends to commemorate her life and creativity, Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day went on to become a day to honor all the children who have or are battling childhood cancer. It exploded onto the scene, with thousands of people from all over the world taking part and spreading the message to thousands more.
How to celebrate Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day in 2021?
Celebrating Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is best done by joining people around the world for an ice-cream breakfast; you can join the community by posting a picture of what you’re eating and who you’re eating ice-cream for on the Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Facebook page, or at their website.
|Twitter posts by people all over the world on Feb 18. Photo: Twitter|
If you’re not into ice cream or would like to promote this good cause in other ways, why not look for local hospitals and healthcare centers that are in need of donations, as they help parents and children fight this terrible disease? Hundreds of children every year benefit from the efforts of this hospital, and putting together an Ice Cream For Breakfast Social can help raise spirits and morale.
You can also contact your local child oncology ward and find out what kinds of supplies they need, or just come in and spend a day with the children playing games and talking. These special children are always eager to drink in the life and experiences of others and to share their own lives with those who come in. They know they’re sick, but they’re also children, and they don’t let that illness get them down, so stop by and be part of their life’s experience by sharing your stories and listening to theirs.
But isn’t this the wrong date!
There are actually two holidays that are very similar in name but founding for very different reasons. Today is not to be confused with Ice Cream for Breakfast Day which takes place on the first Saturday of February (i.e. Feb 6, 2021) created since the 1960s by housewife Florence Rappaport from New York.
National Eat Ice Cream Trivia/Facts:
#1. The average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year
#2. Top-selling ice cream flavors are: vanilla, with 33 percent of the market, and chocolate, with 19 percent
#3. It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream
#4. The most ice cream is produced in June
#5. California produces the most ice cream in America
#6. It takes about 50 licks to finish an ice cream cone
These treats that suit the Ice Cream for Breakfast Day:
A Sicilian Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice cream sandwiches are considered a breakfast food in Sicily, although they're a bit different than their American counterparts. For one, they're typically filled with gelato, not ice cream. And, most importantly, they're served in a brioche roll rather than between two cookies.
While it's normally served as dessert, not breakfast, an affogato (gelato drowned in hot espresso) could definitely work as a morning pick-me-up. Just make sure to drink it fast.
An Ice Cream-Topped Waffle
Topping off your waffle with ice cream isn't such a big leap from adding a spoonful of whipped cream, right? Go the extra mile and drizzle your breakfast-dessert with Nutella.
For more interesting knowledge of weird holidays all over the world, check out KnowInsiders' websites!
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