Bean Day

Celebrated on January 6th every year, Bean Day is a day that honors beans. It’s also the day that Gregory Mendel died in 1884. Gregor Mendel was a scientists and Augustine friar who bred pea plants and bean plants and whose experiments would eventually form the basis of modern genetics. Which makes it a great day to either commemorate the life of Gregory Mendel or to honor the versatile bean – your choice!

History of Bean Day

As far as our research has shown, Bean Day is a holiday which was invented by Paula Bowen as a way to honor her father who was a pinto farmer. Supposedly, she picked January because not a lot of holidays are celebrated this month. While more and more people are beginning to celebrate it, it isn’t a confirmed holiday. Which means that businesses, the post office and government buildings will remain open on this day.

Lean, Mean Bean Facts

  • Beans have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years
  • Beans are one of the earliest food crops
  • There are over 40,000 different bean varieties in the world
  • The top bean producing states in the U.S are North Dakota, Michigan and Nebraska
  • 40 tons of baked beans are eaten in Great Britain every hour
  • The average American only eats one-fourth of the beans that an average Briton does

Celebrating Bean Day

Bean Day can be celebrated in a number of different ways. You can simply use the day to enjoy your favorite bean recipe or to try out a new variety of bean. You can send friends and family bean related greeting cards or you can plant beans in your backyard garden.

It’s also a good day to honor the contribution of Gregor Mendel through a lecture, a presentation or a book report. And if you really want to celebrate the day, you can always use brightly painted beans to make some bean art.

Where is Bean Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.
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