Happy National Dancing Sausage Day everyone!
What? Really? You haven't heard of National Dancing Sausage Day? I thought
The holiday has actually been around for eons; and is celebrated on February 2nd every year.
What's that you say? February 2nd isn't National Dancing Sausage Day? Oh contraire dear reader, it is, it is! Your confusion about this day may be that you know it by it's more common name, Groundhog's Day.
In reality, whether you call it National Dancing Sausage Day, or Groundhog's Day, they're the same thing, though celebrated differently.
Since National Dancing Sausage Day is the one people seem to know little about, please allow me to enlighten you on the subject; it's a quite simple explanation.
First, going back to the more common word, "groundhog"; what can be made from "ground" "hog",(pork)? Sausage!
Second, as stated earlier, the date for this celebration is February 2nd. Simply break down the date into numerical form: 2-2. Now, what do ballerinas wear? That's right, tutus! And of course ballerinas are dancers.
Combine the two factors above, along with the fact that most people in this country have heard about sausages and ballerinas, and you've got a national holiday.
Still not convinced? Probably wondering how dancing sausages have anything to do with predicting a longer, or shorter winter, am I correct? If so, please do read on!
Though how the name National Dancing Sausage Day came to be is fairly simple, it's connection with Groundhog's Day is a bit more complicated.
As stated earlier, both days celebrate the same thing, either a longer, or shorter, winter. Groundhog's Day is the simpler version in this case. Everyone gathers around to see if a furry rodent in Pennsylvania sees his shadow or not. If so, we have six more weeks of winter. If not, winter will end sooner.
National Dancing Sausage Day on the other hand actually starts the day before the actual holiday. On February 1st of each year, sales and preparation of sausages across the nation are tallied for the previous year, (February 2nd to January 31st).
If the results show more sausage was sold to individuals and families, then there will be six more weeks of winter. If more sausage was sold at restaurants, fairs, festivals, etc., then winter will be shorter.
The reasoning is that, private citizens who buy sausage for personal consumption will have to take the sausage from the refrigerator or freezer, before fixing it for themselves and/or family. Because they come in direct contact with the cold food, winter will be longer.
On the other hand, if more people buy their sausage from restaurants, they don't have that direct contact. True, those working at the restaurant do; however, the tally is for those consuming the sausage. People who eat at restaurants aren't in direct contact with the cold sausage. Instead, it's served to the diner piping hot. Therefore, if more people haven't prepared their own sausage over the past year, winter will be shorter.
Yes, as I said, the explanation is complicated. The simple way to put it is, eat more sausage at home, more winter. Eat more sausage in restaurants, less winter.
When all the facts and figures are tallied, the results are announced to the nation bright and early on February 2nd each year.
Hopefully I've explained National Dancing Sausage Day well enough that you, dear reader, can now go out and fully appreciate the day.
(The sausage in the video is not a professional dancer; they were too expensive.)