National Orange Day

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Hey there, orange enthusiasts! Are you ready to embrace the vibrant hues and tangy goodness of National Orange Day? Well, grab your sunglasses and let's peel back the juicy details of this citrusy celebration!

When is Orange Day?

It's national orange day on the 24th March.

The Fruitful Origins

National Orange Day is a festive occasion dedicated to honoring those magnificent orbs of vitamin C, the oranges. While oranges have been enjoyed for centuries, National Orange Day is a fairly recent addition to the calendar. It all started when a group of citrus enthusiasts felt that these zesty fruits needed their own day in the spotlight. So, they huddled up, squeezed their creative juices, and voila! National Orange Day was born.

How to Celebrate

There are countless ways to pay homage to the almighty orange on this special day. You can start off by indulging in some citrus-inspired culinary adventures. Whip up a zesty orange salad dressing, blend together a refreshing orange smoothie, or tickle your taste buds with an orange-infused dessert. The possibilities are as abundant as those juicy segments inside the fruit!

For sporty souls, why not organize an orange-themed day of fun and games? Arrange an orange obstacle course, create an orange scavenger hunt, or even try your hand at orange juggling (just make sure your oranges are ripe enough to withstand the toss!). It's a fantastic way to get moving and enjoy a slice of healthy competition.

If you're feeling artsy, grab a paintbrush and let your creativity flow with an orange-themed masterpiece. Whether it's a still life of oranges, an abstract interpretation of their vibrant color, or even an orange-scented candle making session, the choice is yours. Embrace the citrusy muse and let your imagination run wild!

History behind the term 'Orange'

2400 BC

Ancient Origins

The term 'orange' finds its roots in ancient China, where the fruit first originated. The Chinese referred to this fruit as 'júzi,' which translates to 'foreign fruit.' The original oranges were bitter in taste and were primarily used for medicinal purposes rather than for consumption.

1000 AD

Arabic Influence

During the Islamic Golden Age, Arab traders encountered the bitter oranges in China and began cultivating them. They called the fruit 'nāranj,' which eventually led to the term 'orange' in English. The Arabs further spread the cultivation of oranges to North Africa, Portugal, and Spain.


European Introduction

Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage to the Americas, brought the orange seeds to the Caribbean. From there, Spanish explorers introduced oranges to Florida. The warm climate of these regions provided ideal conditions for growing sweet oranges, which quickly gained popularity.


English Adoption

The English term 'orange' was first recorded in the 17th century. It originates from the Old French word 'orenge,' which in turn comes from the Arabic 'nāranj.' The word 'orenge' gradually evolved into 'orange' over time.


Orange as a Color

The use of the term 'orange' expanded beyond the fruit itself to describe the color. Previously, English speakers referred to the color as 'geoluhread,' meaning yellow-red. However, due to the growing popularity of the fruit, the color came to be named after it.

Did you know?

Did you know that oranges were once considered a luxury item? In the 17th century, they were seen as a symbol of wealth and prestige. So, the next time you enjoy a juicy orange, remember that you're indulging in a little slice of history!


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First identified

24th March 2015

Most mentioned on

24th March 2016

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