In countries having four seasons in a year, food cravings must be varied and largely influenced by the weather.  But for those having only two seasons, the range of food choices generally remain constant.  Is it possible for anyone to enjoy a bowl of red in countries located at the Pacific’s Ring of Fire?  How would you feel having one when it’s only the shade of the coconut trees protecting you from the hot searing summer sun?

When is the National Chili Day in 2018?

The National Chili Day is on February 22, 2018, a Thursday.

The National Chili Day is always observed annually every 4th Thursday of February.

The Origin of the National Chili Day:

There is no available official record as to the origin of the fun day.  Even the origin of chili is surrounded by myths and legends.  The oldest recorded myth is in 1600’s, when Sister Mary of Agreda, a Spanish nun, was believed to preach Christianity to the Indians through astral body projection.  It was during her return when she brought with her the recipe for Chili Con Carne.

Another was in 1723, when Canary Islanders came to San Antonio introducing various chili menus.  This legend is supported by J. C. Clopper who wrote in 1828 about his encounters with chili food in his visit to San Antonio.  In 1880,   San Antonio market started having chili stands selling bowls of red.  Finally, chili manufacturers in Texas, in 1977, lobbied to have chili proclaimed the official “State Food” of Texas.

The Purpose and Celebration of the National Chili Day:

Chili is a comfort food during the winter season.  In return to this benefit, the National Chili Day, which is always celebrated in the year’s coldest month, pays tribute to the humble chili.  Chili, when eaten, brings warmth to the body.  It is also known to be an aphrodisiac and labelled by Spanish priests in the olden days as the “Soup of the Devil.”

Chili can be prepared in so many ways.  The most popular chili creation is the Chili Con Carne which was, in 1893, featured at the World’s Fair in Chicago in.  Having its origin from the Mexican, Native American and Spanish culinary tradition, it is now a staple winter food and may be prepared Texas-style, Mexican-style or vegetarian.  To recognize it, all people need to do is partake of a meal with chili.

When is the National Chili Day in 2019?

The National Chili Day is on February 28, 2019, a Thursday.