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Apr26 Fun Holiday – Pretzel Day

Celebrate the doughy, salty snack called Pretzel on April 26, Pretzel Day.

A woman buying from a street vendor in Ermou Street, downtown Athens.

Celebrate the delicious snack that is the pretzel.


Considered to be one of the oldest surviving snacks in the world, the humble but delicious pretzel is thought to have originated in Europe, possibly created by monks in monasteries.

Soft or Hard

The knot shape of the traditional soft dough pretzels is thought to signify folded hands during prayers.

The commonly found hard pretzels are a much more recent invention considered to have been first made by German immigrants in Pennsylvania, United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • Celebrate pretzel day by making your own pretzels at home. Try new flavors of pretzels.
  • If you don’t have time to make your own, visit your local pretzel store. Chances are, they will be celebrating the day by giving away free pretzels.

Did You Know...

...that Pennsylvanians eat more pretzels per capita than people in any other state in the United States? Because of this, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 as National Pretzel Day in 2003.

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