National Breakfast Day

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Oh, sweet breakfast, the ignition key to our daily engine, the whistle before the kickoff of our day. Ever wished there was a national day to celebrate this crucial meal? Well folks, your prayers have been answered and yes, it’s National Breakfast Day! Gear up to dive deep into the scrambled internet history of this scrumptiously important day.

When is Breakfast Day?

It's national breakfast day on the 13th March.

A Buttered Slice of History

Welcome to the crispy chronicles of the National Breakfast Day, just as exciting as a brunch on Sunday (well, almost). It's unsurprising that this day has had a whopping 133986 mentions online! But what really takes the brownie, or pancake in this context, is that the zenith of these mentions was on the 13th of March, 2016. It seems like on that day people distinctly expressed their love for breakfast more than ever, spamming the internet with everything from bacon strips, doughnuts to healthy green smoothies, proving the fact that breakfast indeed is a meal that caters to all taste buds.

All Day is Breakfast Day

And what a day to remember! A day that celebrates everything from that crispy toast popping from the toaster, the sizzle of eggs on the pan, the lovely waft of brewed coffee filling the house, to the pancake stack that is more a work of art than a meal. National Breakfast Day reminds us all about the charm and beauty of breakfast and how it sets the tone, flavor, and mood of the day. It's not just about food, it's about starting your day right.

The Cereal-ously Amazing Journey

From 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to breakfast on your dining table, this meal has always had quite a fan following. It's a day of unity, where Captain Crunch and granola fans put aside their differences for the love of breakfast, bonding over the shared appreciation for the most important meal of the day.

History behind the term 'Breakfast'

15th century

Breaking the fast

The term 'breakfast' originated in the 15th century in England. During this time, people referred to their first meal of the day as 'breaking the fast.' This meal was consumed in the morning after a long period of overnight fasting.

17th century

Added to the dictionary

In the 17th century, the term 'breakfast' was officially added to dictionaries. It began to gain popularity and became a commonly used term to describe the morning meal.

19th century

Variety in breakfast options

In the 19th century, breakfast began to evolve with new options and variety. The invention of the steam-powered grain mill made it easier to produce different types of flour, leading to the introduction of more bread and pastry options for breakfast. This era also saw the introduction of cereals and porridge as popular breakfast choices.

20th century

Industrial revolution and convenience

With the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the 20th century, breakfast became even more important. Workers needed a hearty meal to fuel their long hours of labor. This led to the development of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, like corn flakes and granola, which provided a quick and convenient breakfast option for busy individuals.

21st century

Breakfast culture and globalization

In the 21st century, breakfast has become a significant aspect of global cuisine. Cultural influences and globalization have led to the spread of various breakfast traditions and dishes worldwide. People now enjoy a wide range of breakfast options, from traditional English fry-ups and French pastries to Asian congee and Mexican chilaquiles.

Present day

Breakfast trends and innovations

The present day reflects an ever-changing breakfast landscape. Health-conscious individuals have popularized trends such as smoothie bowls, avocado toast, and overnight oats. Additionally, technological advancements have made it easier to prepare breakfast quickly, with the introduction of appliances like toasters, coffee makers, and microwave ovens.

Did you know?

Did you know the word ‘Breakfast’ literally means ‘breaking the fast’ after your overnight sleep? Quite an apt name for a meal that kickstarts our metabolic engine every day!


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First identified

8th March 2015

Most mentioned on

13th March 2016

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