World Porridge Day – October 10, 2022

World Porridge Day is on October 10 and we’re super excited to explore the importance and significance of this day. Did you know that the first World Porridge Day coincided with the day an American, Mattew Cox, won the golden spurtle at the World Porridge Championship? What a great day for porridge lovers.

History of World Porridge Day

In the world of breakfasts, porridge reigns supreme as a delicious, simple food that can be enjoyed in several ways. Historically, porridge was a reliable staple for nutritional and health benefits in different parts of the world, including Europe and Africa. Porridge was also common in the Mediterranean area, Africa and Latin America.

Before the 1600s the word ‘porridge’ was not used but the practice of grinding and cooking cereals in milk or water existed. This simple dish has been a popular staple in Scotland since medieval times. Scotland boasts fertile marginal upland soils, which facilitate the successful growth of cereals such as oats and barley. Up until the 1700s, porridge was considered to be the food of people with a lower economic status. Today, around the world, porridge is loved because of its versatile recipes and outstanding nutrients that boost your immune system.

World Porridge Day is championed by Mary’s Meals, a charitable organization in the United Kingdom that feeds more than 1.6 million children in 19 countries around the world. The first World Porridge Day was held in 2009 and, since then, the day has been celebrated to raise awareness for starving children in less developed countries. By providing porridge to school children, Mary’s Meals hopes to give starving children the opportunity to get the education they duly deserve. Some of the successes recorded by the organization include improved school attendance and the elimination of absences attributed to hunger, reduced hunger among children at school, reduced levels of children dropping out of school, increased feelings of happiness at school, and decreased levels of anxiety due to hunger.

World Porridge Day timeline

1 A.D.
The Book of Oats

Oats are mentioned for the first time in literature.

100 A.D.
The Rise of Oats

Oats are grown, cultivated, and consumed in Italy.

1602
Welcome to America

Scottish immigrants and settlers bring oats with them to America.

October 10, 2009
The First World Porridge Day

The beginning of a yummy celebration.

World Porridge Day FAQs

Who created porridge?

Porridge was first produced by hunter-gatherers in Southern Italy but became commonplace towards the end of the Stone Age.

Is porridge the same as oatmeal?

Oatmeal is a type of porridge. Porridge is a hot meal made from grains and vegetables.

Why is porridge popular in Scotland?

Oats have been a staple food in Scotland since medieval times. Climate conditions promoted the growth of crops such as oats, leading to its popularity among Scottish nationals.

World Porridge Day Activities

  1. Have some porridge

    Consuming a healthy portion of porridge is a great way to start your day. Try out a new porridge recipe for a surprising taste.

  2. Donate to support the cause

    The celebration of World Porridge Day is to create awareness for raising funds to provide meals to children in less developed countries.

  3. Educate people about the cause

    You can celebrate World Porridge Day by actively participating in conversations, both offline and online, that educate people on the number of starving children in developing countries.

5 Interesting Facts About Porridge

  1. Porridge superstition

    It was considered respectful to eat porridge standing up and it was also believed that porridge must always be stirred clockwise — only with the right hand to bring good luck.

  2. Porridge versatility

    Porridge can be eaten as is or paired with fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

  3. Porridge spoon

    A special stirring tool called a ‘spurtle’ is still in use for stirring the porridge.

  4. World Porridge-Making Championship

    Porridge chefs from different parts of the world have been competing in the annual World Porridge-Making Championship since 1994 the prize for which is a golden spurtle.

  5. Best porridge

    Lisa Williams holds the overall title for World Porridge-Making Champion.

Why We Love World Porridge Day

  1. Feeding starving children

    The celebration of this day brings into the limelight an important cause that affects one of the most vulnerable members of society, starving children.

  2. Creating awareness to aid support

    Creating awareness for this important day in the year is key to ensuring that starving children around the world can receive help, donations, and food to aid their sustenance and survival.

  3. Unity for a common cause

    The celebration of World Porridge Day in countries around the world unites people of various ethnic and political standings in a common cause — eradicating hunger in school children.

World Porridge Day dates

YearDateDay
2021October 10Sunday
2022October 10Monday
2023October 10Tuesday
2024October 10Thursday
2025October 10Friday

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