National Baklava Day

National Baklava Day is a holiday that falls on November 17th annually and celebrates a dessert that’s made out of phyllo pastry that’s been filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey. This dessert has been around for hundreds of years and is a common dessert in Arab and Turkish cuisines, and in the Balkans, along the South Caucasus, and in central Asia. It also has quite the following in the U.S as well and is enjoyed by Americans from coast to coast. That’s probably why this holiday continues to become more popular with each passing year.

The History Of Baklava

Not only is the history of National Baklava lost, but it’s also very difficult to know exactly when baklava itself was invented. Many historians believe that this dessert originated with Turkic peoples of central Asia, and may have been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Historians do know when the English name of this dessert, baklava, was invented and that was in 1650.

Choosing A Variety Of Baklava

The one thing that we noticed is that many people come into contact with a particular type of baklava and then think that’s the only way that this dessert can be made. Then they realize that there are literally hundreds of different variations on this dessert and their mind is blown. Although we don’t have the time and space to list every type of baklava available, we wanted to list some of the varieties that we like the most.

  • Borma Cashews
  • Bukaj Cashews
  • Bülbül Yuvası
  • Pistachio (Fistikli) Baklava
  • Walnut (Cevizli) Baklava
  • Balourieh
  • Asawer
  • Kuru Baklava
  • Sütlü Nuriye

As we said, the above list is only a small partial list of many of the sweet desserts that are out there nowadays. We bet that if you take a few moments to look around your local grocery store or on the Internet that you’d find some very interesting baklava varieties that are perfect for this holiday.

Observing National Baklava Day

Anyone looking for a reason to observe this holiday really doesn’t need one. Just head down to a grocery store or bakery that sells baklava and buy some for yourself and your family. If you’re really adventurous, you might even want to try your hand at making your own. While you’re enjoying these sensational desserts, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalBaklavaDay to alert everyone on the Internet to the existence of this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
November 17 Friday
Next year (2024)
November 17 Sunday
Last year (2022)
November 17 Thursday
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