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Happy Split Pea Soup Week everyone!
This holiday celebrates  split pea soup! On this day we are encouraged to enjoy and eat split pea soup. "Split Pea Soup Week" is a Food Holiday that is celebrated only in the United States, but split pea soups recipes in some form or another are enjoyed all over the world.

During "Split Pea Soup Day" we are encoraged to eat this popular staple food and share it with our friends and family. Pull out those cookbooks and try a new bean recipe, or cook a nice pot of bean soup to share with the whole family. Dried yellow and green Split Peas are popular in gifts-in-a-jar too. (See split pea soup recipe).  Bean Soup Recipes have been popular for years!

Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
Some resources say National Split Pea Soup Week has been celebrated in the USA since 1969.  It is possible this holiday may of been created by the greeting card industry because we find reference to it on greeting card sites that say-

"It's Split Pea Soup Week! Prepare some delicious soup for your pals/ loved ones and have a great time with them. Send them our free collection of online split pea soup greetings and enjoy."

This holiday is referred to as a "National" day- However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.  So enjoy the day and have fun with it.

We found recognition about this holiday from:
calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. Many of these blogs talk about growing beans in the garden as well as sharing bean recipes.

Definition of Pea Soup
Pea soup is soup made, typically, from dried peas. It is, with variations, a part of the cuisine of many cultures. It is greyish-green or yellow in color depending on the regional variety of peas used; all are cultivars of Pisum sativum.

Pea soup has been eaten since antiquity; it is mentioned in Aristophanes' The Birds, and according to one source "the Greeks and Romans were cultivating this legume about 500 to 400 BC. During that era, vendors in the streets of Athens were selling hot pea soup."

Pea Soup in the United States
"In the United States, pea soup is merely one of many familiar kinds of soup. "Pea soup" without qualification usually means a perfectly smooth puree. "Split Pea Soup" is a slightly thinner soup with visible peas, pieces of ham or other pork, and vegetables (most commonly carrots) and is usually made from dried, green split peas."

"Many cookbooks contain a recipe or two, but pea soup has no particular cultural resonance in the United States." "It does however play a role in the light-hearted tradition of serving green-colored foods on St. Patrick's Day." "For example, a 1919 Boston Globe article suggests a suitable menu for "A St. Patrick's Day Dinner" leading off with "Cream of Green Pea Soup (American Style)," and continuing with codfish croquettes with green pea sauce, lettuce salad, pistachio ice cream, and "green decorated cake."  documentation_license

If you are new to this holiday:
If you are new to this holiday; then maybe you would like to find more information about this subject. We found that Amazon.com is a popular Internet Site for finding books, supplies and more.


Other Food related Holidays around the world
Super Bowl Sunday /Valentines Day - February 14th / Homemade Soup Day
National Hot Breakfast Month / Great American Pies Month /Sweet Potato Month
National Potato Lovers Month /Carrot Cake Day / National Chocolate Fondue Day

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When is this holiday celebrated?
Split Pea Soup Week is celebrated annually the second week of November in the United States!

Bean Holidays in our Calendar
National Bean Day  / National Baked Bean Month
Split Pea Soup Week  /  Eat Beans Day!
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