National Ginger Day

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Welcome to our celebration of National Ginger Day! This fiery root has sparked a flame in the hearts (and taste buds) of people worldwide and finally earned its spot on the calendar. Let's dive into the blazing history of this day.

When is Ginger Day?

It's national ginger day on the 6th November.

About National Ginger Day

As if the world of national days wasn't spicy enough, along comes National Ginger Day. This day celebrates both ginger, the root, known for its zesty flavor and myriad of health benefits, and also, beautifully, the red-haired, often freckled fellows who we lovingly call 'gingers'.

Internet History

Our data shows an online mention surge of the day on 6th November 2015. The ginger flame had caught on, lighting up the interwebs with gleeful posts, hearty recipes, and affectionate acknowledgements of our ginger friends. Since then, yearly mentions have steadily climbed, proving that the spice that sparked this day continues to sizzle.

Celebrating National Ginger Day

People celebrate this day in various ways. From sipping on piping ginger tea, trying out new ginger-inspired recipes, to appreciating the unique beauty of ginger-haired people with art, music, and heart-lifting compliments. They share their ginger adventures online, adding more heat to this unique celebration. So don't be shy, go on and relish that ginger cookie or compliment a ginger friend on their blazing locks. After all, it’s a day about embracing 'ginger-ness' worldwide!

History behind the term 'Ginger'

990 AD

The Arrival of Ginger in Europe

In the year 990 AD, ginger made its first appearance in Europe. It was brought to the continent by Arab traders who introduced this exotic spice to the Mediterranean region. Ginger quickly gained popularity for both its culinary uses and medicinal properties.

13th Century

Gingerbread Emerges

During the 13th century, ginger became a key ingredient in the creation of gingerbread. Gingerbread started as a luxurious delicacy reserved for the wealthy and was often shaped into elaborate figures or used as architectural decorations in grand feasts. This spiced treat became synonymous with festivities and celebrations.

16th Century

Ginger's Influence on Europeans

In the 16th century, ginger became widely cherished in Europe. It was highly sought after for its culinary value, adding a unique flavor to dishes and beverages. Additionally, ginger was believed to have medicinal properties, and it was used to relieve various ailments including indigestion, nausea, and even plague symptoms.

17th Century

Ginger's Role in Trade and Colonization

During the 17th century, ginger played a significant role in international trade and colonization efforts. The European powers, particularly the Dutch and English, established lucrative trade routes for ginger and other spices from Southeast Asia. This led to the colonization of several regions, including parts of India and Indonesia, where ginger was grown abundantly.

18th Century

Ginger Ale Invention

The 18th century marked an important milestone in the history of ginger with the invention of ginger ale. Initially created as a medicinal tonic by Irish doctor Thomas Dyer in 1740, ginger ale quickly gained popularity as a refreshing beverage. Its carbonated, spicy flavor made it a beloved soft drink worldwide.

19th Century

Ginger's Use in Traditional Medicine

During the 19th century, ginger continued to be used extensively in traditional medicine systems around the world. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda incorporated ginger for its warming properties and as a remedy for various ailments. These practices continue to recognize ginger as an important herb with therapeutic qualities.

20th Century

Ginger's Popularity in Modern Cuisine

In the 20th century, ginger cemented its position as a beloved ingredient in modern cuisine. Its unique flavor and versatility made it a staple in dishes ranging from Asian stir-fries to Western baked goods. Additionally, ginger's health benefits, including its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, garnered increased attention.

Did you know?

Did you know? Despite being called a root, ginger is technically a rhizome, a stem that grows horizontally underground and sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.


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First identified

18th March 2015

Most mentioned on

6th November 2015

Total mentions


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