National Baklava Day - November 17
Fri, Nov 17, 2023

National Baklava Day

National Baklava Day is celebrated on November 17th in the United States. It’s a sweet treat that combines honey, nuts, dough, and a little imagination to create a delicious dessert that’s sure to make your mouth water!


The history of baklava is difficult to trace, but there are references to it as far back as 8th century BC. Today, many cultures and countries claim to be the creators of this dessert. Over time, people have added their own unique variations to the recipe. Arabic, Persian, Turkish, American, and Greek cultures have each contributed to the recipe, resulting in a treat made with various types of nuts such as pistachios, pecans, and almonds. It’s generously drizzled with honey, sweet syrup, or flavored syrup and makes for a great centerpiece for any occasion! Some families even keep secret baklava recipes that are passed down from mother to daughter, ensuring that the recipe is preserved over the generations.

Interesting facts

  • Baklava is a popular treat in Turkey and is often enjoyed with water rather than tea to allow the full flavor to shine through.
  • In America, baklava is often made with maple syrup.
  • The original Greek recipe for baklava calls for 33 layers of dough.
  • Sweetness is said to be an aphrodisiac, though it only has an effect on male power.
  • There have been many poems written about baklava.

How to take part

National Baklava Day is the perfect time to get the ingredients you need to create your own masterpiece in your kitchen! Or, if cooking isn’t your thing, you can always head to your nearest cafe and try out the chef’s version. You can also learn more about baklava by exploring the many interesting sources available online.

When is National Baklava Day celebrated in 2023?

National Baklava Day is observed on November 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday November 17 2023
Sunday November 17 2024
Monday November 17 2025
Tuesday November 17 2026

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