Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

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A bowl of ice cream offered for free by an ice cream vendor in celebration of Ice Cream for Breakfast Day 2014

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is a silly holiday celebrated the first Saturday in February.

History[edit]

The holiday was invented on a snowy winter day in the 1960s by Florence Rappaport in Rochester, New York.[1] The mother to six children, it was her youngest two, Ruth Kramer and Joseph Rappaport, who inspired her on a cold and snowy February morning. To entertain them, she declared it to be Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. She explained, "It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, 'Let's have ice cream for breakfast.'"[2] The next year, they reminded her of the day and a tradition began. The exact year of the first ICFBD is unrecorded, but it is speculated to be 1966, when a huge blizzard hit Rochester in late January, dumping several feet of snow on Rochester and shutting down schools.[3] When the siblings grew up, they held parties and introduced the tradition to friends while in college, and the tradition began to spread.[4]

A Global Holiday[edit]

Florence's grandchildren who also grew up with the holiday did much to spread it around the world. Celebrations have been recorded in as far-flung places as Nepal, Namibia, Germany, and Honduras.[5] Some are small family celebrations and others are larger parties. The holiday has even been celebrated in China since 2003 and was featured in the Chinese edition of Cosmopolitan magazine and local magazines in Hangzhou, China.[6] Ice Cream for Breakfast Day enjoys particular popularity in Israel. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on ICFBD in 2013 in Hebrew [7] and then in 2014 in English [8]

How People Celebrate[edit]

Ice Cream For Breakfast Day is officially celebrated on the first Saturday of February. The holiday is often explained with this slogan: 1. Eat Ice cream, 2. For Breakfast. 3. On the first Saturday in February (or any weekend morning).[9] However, celebrations are also held throughout the month.

Charity Events[edit]

Florence Rappaport and her children never imagined how far their made-up holiday's influence would reach. In recent years, several ice cream shops around the United States have started to use Ice Cream for Breakfast Day as a fundraising event for charity organizations.[10][11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Homemade Holiday? Rochester Family has the Scoop on it". Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. United Press International and Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. 1985-2-2. p. 1A. Retrieved 31 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?". Washington Post. 2/5/2004. Retrieved 31 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "In 1966 Rochester had a huge blizzard". 
  4. ^ "Homemade Holiday? Rochester Family has the Scoop on it". 1985-2-2. Retrieved 31 January 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Ice Cream for Breakfast Day". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.org". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ice Cream for Breakfast Day". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "How a Jewish Mom Created a Global Ice Cream Holiday". 2014-01-30. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "When to Celebrate". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Local creamery celebrates "Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day"". WHEC Rochester News. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Detter, Ryan. "The Charmery celebrates National Ice Cream For Breakfast Day". City Paper. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is Saturday". Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  13. ^ MacKenzie, Pamela. "Fundraiser serves up ice cream for breakfast". mycentraljersey.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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