National Maize Day is celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving. This year it will be celebrated on November 29. National Maize Day is celebrated to mark the important role that these maize has played in food history. Maize is also called as corn in some countries; it is a cereal grain cultivated in Mesoamerica and then later spread throughout the American continents. Corn spread to the rest of the world after the European contact with the Americas in the early 16th century and late 15th century.
“I know my corn plants intimately, and I find it a great pleasure to know them” – Barbara McClintock.
History of National Maize Day
In 2004, Corinne Lightweaver created the National Maize Day. Maize which the Europeans call as corn has an ancient and fascinating history and plays unique roles in numerous native myths and legends. There are different varieties of maize and some of them are used to make corn flour, few other varieties are best eaten on the cob, and some are best for popping. Unlike other food and crops, maize was common across the Americas. Maize is considered to be one of the very famous and important plants in America. It is the primary food source used by all the nations, and it plays an important part in their daily diet. Anyone who has tried corn on the cob with delicious creamy butter and a pinch of salt knows that maize deserves its holiday. This amazing crop is now used in many types of food like chewing gum, bread, popcorn, and corn flakes. Corn is almost globally used as one of the essential ingredients of feed for horses and cows. Hence it is a perfect day to celebrate the
Other Celebrations on November 29
November 29 is also celebrated as
- National Flossing Day
- International Systems Engineer Day
- Buy Nothing Day
- National Square Dance Day
- Electronic Greeting Card Day
- International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
How to Celebrate National Maize Day
Celebrate National Maize Day by planning a get together with friends and family members, then cook and eat a special meal made from various types of maize. There are also a lot of special events organized around the globe on Maize Day like maize craft classes and exhibitions, maize growing and cooking competitions etc., participate in those activities and enjoy the day. Then post images while eating corn and share it with others on social media using the hashtag #NationalMaizeDay.